YEREVAN, February 11. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Health Ministry expresses concerns about presidential candidate Andrias Ghukasyan’s rebuff to pass a complex medical treatment at hospital.
Mr. Ghukasyan who is currently on a hunger strike agreed to apply to hospital after Health Minister Derenik Dumanyan met him late last week.
Mr. Dumanyan explained to the candidate that irreversible processes may start in his organism on the 20th day of a hunger period, that is why it is strongly recommended to take a treatment at hospital as soon as possible, the Ministry reported.
Mr. Ghukasyan and his doctors, however, decided to reject the suggestion and chose another way—to submit health assessment tests to hospital from hunger strike spot today.
“Health Ministry of Armenia warns once again that it will be impossible to give a correct and professional assessment to Ghukasyan’s health condition within such a limited examination. We also state that some irreversible and serious processes may start in the candidate’s organism, which will be quite hard to detect during examination at the hunger strike spot,” the source clarifies.
Thereby, Health Ministry shares the Central Electoral Commission’s concerns related to Ghukasyan’s health conditions and calls upon him to stop the hunger strike.
“Health Ministry will continue a 24-hour monitoring of his health condition. We appeal to the doctors to follow professional responsibility and abstain from adventurism.”
Head of Radio Hay Andrias Ghukasyan has been on a hunger strike since January 21. He claims the presidential elections are illegitimate as the ruling Republican Party used its administrative resources for the canvass. The goal of the hunger strike is to stimulate the civil activity around holding fair elections.
On February 6 Mr. Ghukasyan’s health condition sharply deteriorated as his blood pressure lowered. Ambulance was called to the spot. Doctors are monitoring his health condition for 24 hours. However, the candidate stated he is going to continue his hunger strike. -0-