Brazil’s Bolsonaro hospitalised after fall at presidential palace

Right-wing leader to remain at the hospital for observation for between six and 12 hours following a cranial CT scan.

Bolsonaro's health has been a subject of concern ever since he was stabbed during the campaign last year [File: Adriano Machado/Reuters]
Bolsonaro's health has been a subject of concern ever since he was stabbed during the campaign last year [File: Adriano Machado/Reuters]

Brazil‘s President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalised late on Monday after an accident at his official residence in Brasilia, the latest health scare for the 64-year-old, his office said.

“President Jair Bolsonaro fell at the Alvorada Palace. He was treated by the medical team of the Presidency of the Republic and taken to the Armed Forces Hospital,” a presidential spokesman said in a statement published by the G1 news portal.

The office of the president has yet to respond to the AFP news agency’s request for comment.

According to the statement, Bolsonaro was given a cranial CT scan, “which did not detect any changes.”

Institutional Security Minister Augusto Heleno arrived at the hospital shortly after the presidential convoy and told Globo television that Bolsonaro “is fine,” but must remain under observation.

The right-wing leader will remain at the hospital for observation for between six and 12 hours, the statement added.

Bolsonaro took office as Brazil’s president on January 1. He was seriously injured in a knife attack while campaigning for election last year.

His health has been a subject of concern ever since, and he has undergone several surgeries to treat the wounds he suffered in the stabbing, most recently in September.

Earlier this month, Bolsonaro said he had been examined for skin cancer.

Source : AFP

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