22 December 2012

South Africa: Mandela Improving, Responding to Treatment

Former President Nelson Mandela is responding well to treatment and has steadily improved, says President Jacob Zuma.

The former statesman was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on December 8 where doctors treated him for a recurring lung infection. He later underwent a procedure to have gallstones removed.

"I have been informed that at his age, doctors need to intervene in a very gradual and sensitive way, in order to maximise the chances of a full recovery. The medical team has our full confidence and he is receiving the best care possible.

"We are however mindful of the fact that Madiba is at an age where medical challenges require extra-ordinary care. But, as we all know, Comrade Madiba is an unparalleled fighter and has always been so. He has met all his health challenges with his tremendous fortitude and grace," he said.

Zuma thanked the nation for continuous support to Madiba and his family and wished him a speedy recovery.

Copyright © 2012 Biz-Community. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.