Steinitz in good condition after fainting scare

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

February 9, 2011 09:17
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Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz

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

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz will remain hospitalized until Thursday for observation and check-ups, according to his doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

"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."

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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.

Netanyahu spoke with the finance minister Wednesday morning and wished him a full recovery. Steinitz said he felt well and expected to be discharged soon.  Netanyahu and Steinitz were expected to hold a press conference in the evening to present conclusions from discussions over the rising prices of bread, water and gasoline.

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