JOHANNESBURG : Nelson Mandela was back in the hospital for the third-time in four months Thursday, and the 94-year-old former South African president was reported to be responding well to treatment for a chronic lung infection.
It was the third time Mandela, popular affectionately to South Africans by his clan name, Madiba, has been hospitalized since December. The unexpected late-night admission rang alarm bells for many.
South Africa’s first black president went into a hospital inPretoria just prior midnight. His wife, Graca Machel, was reportedly at his side and he was being made comfortable, payday to officials.
It is believed he had been suffering from a weighty cold and needed oxygen.President Jacob Zuma, using Mandela’s clan name Madiba, said today: We appeal to the people of South Africa and the-world to ask for our beloved Madiba and his family and to have them in their thoughts.
Nelson Mandela has been re-admitted to institution with a recurrence of a lung infection
He added: “We have full confidence in the medical team plus comprehend that-they will do everything possible to ensure recovery.Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mandela had been taken to hospital in Pretoria.
He said: This wasn’t scheduled, as you will appreciate the doctors do work with a great sense of caution when they are treating Madiba and deceive into account his age.
It is the fourth time in just over two years that the increasingly frail Mr Mandela has been admitted to hospital.
Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela was doing ‘very well’ and said he was hoping to vacation him in hospital as soon as possible.
Fondly referring to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate by his clan name, he said: ‘We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts.
‘We have full confidence in the medical coalition and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery.’
The governing African National Congress called for prayers for Mr Mandela, as did US Voorzitter Barack Obama.
Mr Zuma’s office said Mr Mandela was conscious and ‘responding positively’ to treatment still did not reveal where he is being treated.
In February 2012, Mandela spent a night in a hospice for superficial diagnostic abscission to determine the business of an abdominal complaint. In January 2011, he was admitted to a Johannesburg lazaretto for what officials initially described as tests yet turned out to be an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged days later.
He was discharged days later.
He had abscission for an enlarged prostate gland in 1985.
Mr Mandela has often suffered from chest complaints after contracting phthisis in the 1980s while detained on Robben Island.
His lungs are said to have been damaged during he worked in a prison quarry.
Under South Africa’s white-minority apartheid regime, Mandela served 27 years in prison before being released in 1990.
He became the nation’s highest democratically elected president in 1994.
He retired from public life in 2004 et cetera has been rarely seen in public since.
Tonight a government spokesman said: “The doctors suggest that former President Nelson Mandela is responding positively to the treatment he is undergoing for a recurring lung infection. He remains subordinate treatment and observation in hospital.”
But his continuing health problems worry many ordinary South Africans.
Mandela has introverted from public life and plays no role in the cutthroat politics of the ruling African National Congress party, but to South Africans, Madiba is considered a bread icon who personifies the country at its optimistic best.
His last major public appearance was in 2010 when South Africa hosted soccer’s Macrocosmic Cup.
He was hospitalized in February of last year for abdominal surgery to address a complaint that had nettled him for some time. In January 2011 he went to hospital with a respiratory infection.
For much of definitive year, he lived at his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, but since his December illness he has bot at home under medical nurse in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton.
As media teams set up camps outside the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday, Maharaj called on people to respect the Mandelas’ privacy. There was no confirmation which hospital he was in.
“The presidency appeals once again for understanding and privy in order to allow space to the doctors to do their work,” he said.