Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at a Christmas event at a school in Brasilia last week. Picture: AFP/BETO BARATA
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at a Christmas event at a school in Brasilia last week. Picture: AFP/BETO BARATA

Sao Paulo — Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalised on Monday after suffering a fall at his official residence in Brasilia, the latest health scare for the 64-year-old, his office said.

Local media reported that Bolsonaro hit his head when he slipped in a bathroom at the Alvorada Palace. He was taken to the Armed Forces Hospital where he underwent a cranial CT scan, “which did not detect any changes”, his communications office said in a statement. The rightwing leader will remain at the hospital for observation for between six and 12 hours, the statement added.

Institutional security minister Augusto Heleno arrived at the hospital shortly after the presidential convoy and told Globo television that Bolsonaro was “fine”.

Bolsonaro took office as Brazil’s president on January 1. He was seriously injured in a knife attack while campaigning for election in 2018. His health has been a subject of concern ever since, and he has undergone much surgery to treat the wounds he suffered in the stabbing, most recently in September.

Earlier in December, Bolsonaro said he had been examined for skin cancer.

AFP

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