Fernández admits he was scared with gastritis during the G20 summit

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentine President Alberto Fernández admitted Wednesday that he was frightened by the bleeding gastritis he suffered during his participation in the G20 summit in Indonesia and that it was due to a prolonged stomach problem.

“It was a bad moment. I had a stomach problem that I have been suffering for many years, but it had never manifested itself in this way, that the stomach bleeds,” Fernández told Radio 10 in Buenos Aires after the summit ended and shortly before leaving for Spain. last leg of his international tour.

The 63-year-old Peronist president, in power since December 2019, suffered erosive gastritis on Tuesday that forced him to receive medical treatment, after which he resumed his activity that same day with a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. , and on Wednesday with the director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva.

In that meeting, the head of the IMF asked Fernández to continue the fight against inflation – which in October reached an annual rate of 88% – and told him that she will ask the IMF board to review the overcharges that the most indebted countries they are paying, according to Fernández explained. Argentina has a debt with the Fund for more than 44,000 million dollars.

Fernández said that the health episode lowered his blood pressure “a lot” and forced him to undergo an endoscopy in a hospital in Bali to verify if the bleeding had stopped.

“The schedule I had restricted me, because stress and nerves have a lot to do with it and the doctors asked me to please stop a bit,” said the president, who was replaced in some activities of the summit by Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero.

Fernández pointed out that after his return to Buenos Aires, more detailed studies will be carried out.

The Presidential Medical Unit said that the president is evolving favorably and has resumed the scheduled schedule of activities.

The president also indicated that he appreciated and appreciated that Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called him to ask about his health. Both Peronist leaders maintain very limited contacts due to strong differences over government management.

Another health problem that afflicted Fernández was pleural inflammation in 2019 when he was a candidate for president for the elections that same year.

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