Tue, 31 Oct 2000

Gus Dur to undergo medical checkup

JAKARTA (JP): President Abdurrahman Wahid, who has suffered two strokes in the past, is scheduled to undergo a routine health check here on Tuesday, his spokesman said Monday.

Presidential spokesman Wimar Witoelar said the "routine" medical check-up will take place at the private Harapan Kita Cardiac Hospital in West Jakarta, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The procedure, conducted twice a year on the President, will be conducted by a team of doctors headed by Abdurrahman's younger brother, Umar Wahid.

"It is only a routine check-up that the hospital's doctors have advised the President to undergo every six months," Wimar said.

"This morning, a doctor took blood samples from the President," he added.

The check-up was recommended by the hospital's doctors and the President's physicians after Abdurrahman underwent a similar heart check-up at the same hospital in April.

"In April, the hospital's doctors said the President's heart was in a good condition," Wimar added.

Since taking office in October last year, Abdurrahman, 59, has also received eye treatment twice in the United States.(byg)