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Hazare in hospital

Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 01:08

Jan 1 - Indian anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare is undergoing hospital treatment for chest problems and viral fever. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Indian anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare was rushed to hospital on Saturday on the advice of his personal doctor. The 74-year-old is said to be suffering from chest congestion and viral fever. He was forced to cut short his latest three-day hunger strike after warnings of low blood pressure, weakness, and the risk of damaging his kidneys. But officials at the hospital in Pune city where he's undergoing treatment say his condition isn't life-threatening. SOUNDBITE: Doctor Parag Sanchetti, chairman, Sanchetti hospital, saying (English): "He has been admitted and we have sent him for blood test and ECG is done. No major problems but he requires rest. He's been given anti-biotics and right now we are sure that his condition will stabilise in four to five days time." Hazare has tapped into a groundswell of discontent over corruption scandals involving Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government. He's demanding the creation of an ombudsman with powers to bring corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and judges to account. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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Hazare in hospital

Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 01:08