PM visits Steinitz in hospital, delays press conference

Finance minister says he was suffering of dehydration, flu; admitted to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem where he will remain for 24 hours.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 9, 2011 13:16
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Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz

311_steinitz is feeling cross. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on Wednesday. The finance minister was hospitalized Tuesday evening after experiencing an episode of syncope.

During the meeting, the two decided to delay a press conference planned for Wednesday evening by one day, in order to allow Steinitz time to recover.
They were expected to present the conclusions reached in discussions over rising prices

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Steinitz will remain hospitalized until Thursday morning for observation and check-ups, according to his doctors.

"I feel good, a little weak and tired," Steinitz, who was in good condition, told Army Radio. "I apparently have the flu and was dehydrated. I recommend all citizens of Israel not do what I did yesterday: Not eat or drink throughout the entire day. Next time, I will remember to eat at least one meal with a drink."

Steinitz was hospitalized after he suffered an episode of syncope at his home overnight Tuesday.

He was involved in discussions over rising product prices with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu late Tuesday night when he began to feel ill and returned home to meet with a doctor. After an assessment of Steinitz, the doctor recommended further tests at the hospital. Steinitz was also reportedly suffering a flu in the past days.


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