Mandela`s health improving: Zuma
Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela, although still serious, has made "sustained" improvement in his health condition as the anti-apartheid icon battled against a recurrent lung infection, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.
"Over the last two days, although he (Mandela) remains serious, his doctors have stated that his improvement has been sustained. He continues to engage with family," Zuma said as 94-year-old Mandela spent his 9th day in hospital. Addressing the commemoration of National Youth Day at Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, the South African President asked the audience to keep Madiba (Mandela`s clan name) in their thoughts and prayers
"As you are aware, President Nelson Mandela is still in hospital in Pretoria," Zuma said. "We are grateful that he continues to get better," he said, while wishing Mandela a "very happy Father`s Day".
"We love him and know that he loves us too," Zuma said.
Mandela was admitted at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria last Saturday after he suffered from a recurrent lung infection. This was his fourth hospitalisation since December. On Saturday, a grandson of the anti-apartheid hero had said that Mandela seems to be on the road to recovery from a recurrent lung infection after visiting him in hospital. Mandla Mandela said his grandfather "looked good" when he visited him in hospital along with two elders. "It gave us hope that he is going to recover soon," he said.
Mandela had a long history of lung problems, dating back to the time when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid. He contracted tuberculosis in 1988 during his 27 years in prison.
In December, he was admitted for 18 days for treatment of the lung infection and surgery to extract gallstones. It was his longest stint in hospital since his release from prison in 1990. In March, he was admitted for an overnight scheduled check-up before returning that month for 10-days.
Mandela, one of the world`s tallest statesmen, led the movement to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Mandela served as president from 1994 to 1999. Though Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and has been rarely seen in public since 2010, he remains a towering symbol in South African public life.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Mikhail emailed sister Sheena Bora's resignation letter: Report
- Watch: Wife catches husband with his girlfriend at Goa Airport
- Shiv Sena announces award of 2 lakh for Hindu families with 5 kids
- Sheena Bora murder: DNA sample to reveal the truth
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: There are no shortcuts to success, says Dr Chandra
- Know box-office report of Saif-Katrina's 'Phantom'
- Sheena Bora murder case: Indrani Mukerjea's ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna, driver taken to Raigad to recreate crime scene
- Wife catches husband along with his girlfriend at Goa airport, video goes viral – Watch
- Bihar polls 2015: Lalu pacifies 'upset' Mulayam ahead of Mahagatbandhan rally, offers 5 seats to SP
- Sheena murder case: Villager helps locate spot where body was buried