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Christofias being examined by Israeli specialist

Former president Demetris Christofias

Former president Demetris Christofias is still critical but his condition is stable. On Tuesday evening he was placed on a ventilator for his own comfort, the health ministry said.

The health ministry’s permanent secretary Christina Yiannaki was at the Nicosia general hospital in the morning on Wednesday where she was briefed on Christofias’ condition. He has been in the intensive care unit since Monday with acute respiratory problems.

Yiannaki was escorted by a specialist on infectious diseases who arrived from Israel to consult with Christofias’ attending doctors on the course of his treatment.

Yiannaki said the former president’s condition was critical but stable while a new meeting of the medical council is expected to be held in the afternoon to decide the next steps.

Asked if Christofias would be transferred abroad, Yiannaki said if it is requested and deemed necessary, the health ministry was ready to respond.

Akel leader Andros Kyprianou said that Christofias was placed on a ventilator not because his  condition deteriorated but rather so that he could feel better and more comfortable.


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