World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish president will stay five more days at the Hacettepe University Hospital where he is receiving medical treatment for his recurring ear problem, the rector of Hacettepe University announced on Tuesday.
Rector Murat Tuncer said a committee including physicians from different university hospitals convened late on Monday to discuss the medical condition of President Abdullah Gül and decided that Gül should stay five more days at the hospital.
The president was hospitalized on Aug. 23. because of his recurring ear problem. He cut short a visit to Kyrgyzstan for the Second Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS) in Bishkek, a visit he had begun last Wednesday.
Gül has postponed all foreign trips in the coming two months at the request of his doctors, who also said his situation was improving and that he can slowly resume his daily activities.
The president was discharged on Monday afternoon to meet with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel, but he returned to hospital later that day to continue his medical treatment.
Gül, who underwent ear surgery in 2006 at the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) in Ankara during his term as foreign minister, was reportedly advised not to fly too often to avoid a recurrence of the problem. In June, the president's trips to Latvia and Lithuania had to be cancelled. Gül was also expected to travel to Sweden on Sept. 9-12.
The Turkish president had postponed trips to Israel, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Italy and Kazakhstan since 2008 due to the recurring ear infection.
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