Visits to Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, in a Singapore hospital are being restricted by the Somare family.
The family told the National newspaper the prime minister's health was most important and they did not wish the PM to be placed in any stressful situation.
Sir Michael is still in intensive care at the Raffles Hospital where he underwent a valve replacement and two open heart operations.
He was said to have overcome a complication he experienced with his lungs.
The family position came to light following reports that sacked politicians Don Polye and William Duma, had flown to Singapore to visit the ailing prime minister.