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Doctors say Dalai Lama health not serious

September 1, 2008

By Nishika Patel
August 29, 2008

MUMBAI, India (Reuters) -- Doctors treating the Dalai Lama say there
is no cause for concern despite him being admitted to hospital in
India, and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader will take part in a
fast on Saturday, aides said.

"He is doing fine. He is undergoing some checkups ... the doctors
have told us that absolutely there is no cause for concern," Chhime
Chhoekyapa, a senior aide to the exiled spiritual Tibetan leader,
told Reuters from Mumbai on Friday.

Personal doctors and aides to the Dalai Lama said he had a "mild
problem" and would undergo more tests on Saturday.

"Today and tomorrow he will be in the hospital, but day after
tomorrow he might be discharged," said Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide
to the Lama, in Dharamsala on Friday.

The 73-year-old Dalai Lama was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on
Thursday with "abdominal discomfort." He had cancelled two foreign
trips after complaining of fatigue.

In recent years, doctors have increased medical checks to ensure that
the Dalai Lama was in good health.

A statement posted on the Dalai Lama's official website said he will
join, from Mumbai, a 12-hour fast and prayers for peace and freedom
that is organized by the Tibetan Solidarity Committee.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner had returned to Dharamsala, the north
Indian town where he lives, on Sunday after a two-week visit to
France mainly to give lectures on Buddhism, but during which he also
criticized Chinese policies in Tibet.

China's crackdown on protests in Tibet in March drew widespread
criticism in the international community.

China accused the Dalai Lama and his allies of orchestrating the
protests and of trying to derail the Beijing Olympic Games, but he
denied the allegations, saying that he supported the Olympics and
that the Chinese people deserved to host them.

(Additional reporting by Abhishek Madhukar in Dharamsala; Editing by
Alistair Scrutton and David Fox)
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