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Doctors reject Chavez health fears

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in excellent health after undergoing cancer treatment, doctors on his medical team said.

The Venezuelan doctors spoke out to dispute a surgeon's remarks about Mr Chavez's condition.

Dr Salvador Navarrete was quoted as saying in a recent interview with a Mexican magazine that he believed the president's prognosis "is not good" and that the life expectancy in such cases can be as little as two years.

Dr Fidel Ramirez, one of Mr Chavez's doctors, read a statement at a televised news conference saying Mr Chavez had never been a patient of Dr Navarrete.

The doctors questioned the surgeon's ethics, saying he is wrong and does not have access to Mr Chavez's medical information.

Dr Ramirez said Mr Chavez's health is "absolutely satisfactory, with an excellent prognosis".

Dr Rafael Vargas, another Chavez doctor, said Dr Navarrete's only contact with the president came in 2002 when he was part of a group of doctors who had an "informal conversation" with the president. He called Dr Navarrete's comments irresponsible.

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