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Son of Zambia leader Michael Sata downplays worries about president's health during NY trip

  • FILE- In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia, speaks during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. New York City Police said Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 that Sata has been taken to a hospital in New York City. Currently, there are no other details about his condition. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool, File)

    FILE- In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia, speaks during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. New York City Police said Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 that Sata has been taken to a hospital in New York City. Currently, there are no other details about his condition. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia, is escorted to the podium to participate in the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. According to New York City Police, Sata was taken to a local hospital on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, after being treated at his hotel by U.S. State Department doctors. There are no other details about his condition. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia, is escorted to the podium to participate in the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. According to New York City Police, Sata was taken to a local hospital on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, after being treated at his hotel by U.S. State Department doctors. There are no other details about his condition. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

The son of Zambian President Michael Sata says his father is "well" following reports that he was treated by doctors in New York, where he failed to give a scheduled address at the United Nations.

Mulenga Sata, mayor of the Zambian capital of Lusaka, said he spoke Friday morning to the 77-year-old president, who has struggled with health problems and has made few public appearances in recent months.

Michael Sata had flown to New York from Lusaka to attend the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. He did not deliver a planned address to the 193-member world body on Wednesday.

Police in New York say Sata was treated in his New York hotel room by doctors but was not hospitalized.