Dalai Lama again heads to Delhi for medical examination

October 6th, 2008 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Oct 6 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Monday left his residence in this Himachal Pradesh hill town for New Delhi, where he will undergo another medical examination, his aide said.He has been undergoing repeated medical tests since August and cancelled some trips outside India.”On the advice of his personal physicians, he is going to Delhi for a routine medical examination… no need to worry,” Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson for the Tibetan government-in-exile, told IANS.

Samphel, however, refused to comment on the nature of the examination and the hospital to which the spiritual guru would be taken.

“I have no information about the nature of examination and the hospital in which he (the Dalai Lama) will be examined. He will return to his official residence Oct 9,” he said.

Tenzin Taklha, a senior aide to the exiled leader, said: “He is undergoing some check-ups. (There is) no cause for concern. (He would be) back to routine affairs shortly,”

The 73-year-old Dalai Lama was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai twice in August after he complained of “abdominal discomfort”.

Subsequently, he had also cancelled his visits to Europe, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

In recent years, doctors have increased medical examinations to ensure that the spiritual guru was in good health.

The Nobel laureate made his first public appearance after nearly one month during a teaching ceremony at McLeodganj near here Sep 25.

The Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959. He has since then been heading the Tibetan government-in-exile here that is not recognised by any country.

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