Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been admitted to the hospital to investigate the cause of persistent hiccups that are leading to abdominal pains.
“On medical advice, the president will be under observation for a period of 24 to 48 hours, not necessarily in the hospital,” the special secretariat for communication said.
Sources in the presidential palace say Bolsonaro has been complaining for more than a week of hiccups, saying it was causing him difficulties when speaking in public.
He has suggested the condition may be related to medication he was taking due to surgery for dental implants.
Bolsonaro’s health has been in the spotlight during his presidency, particularly since he was stabbed and seriously injured on the campaign trail in 2018.
In January 2019, he underwent surgery to remove a colostomy bag fitted after he was stabbed four months earlier on the presidential campaign trail.
Last July, he contracted Covid-19, following months of downplaying the gravity of the virus.