Ghana President Mahama prays for Mandela

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama on Thursday prayed for former South African President Nelson Mandela "in this critical stage of his life", as the world icon fights for his life, Information Minister Mahama Ayariga has said.

Mr. Ayariga told reporters in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, that the President, like others across the world, was monitoring very closely the health situation of the former South African leader who had been in hospital for several days for a recurring lung infection.

South Africans have joined the family of the former president in praying for the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader who is revered across the globe.

The South African Presidency said on Thursday that the health of the former President had improved, though it remained ''critical but stable''.

''President Jacob Zuma visited former President Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria today, 27 June, and was informed by the medical team that Madiba's condition has improved during the course of the night. He remains critical but is now stable,'' PANA quoted the presidency to have said in a statement posted on its website.

"I cancelled my visit to Mozambique today so that I could see him and confer with the doctors. He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job. We must pray for Tata's (father) health and wish him well. We must also continue with our work and daily activities while Madiba remains hospitalised, " President Zuma said.

The statement, an update on another that was issued on Wednesday night announcing the cancellation of President Zuma's trip to Mozambique, said the presidency was disturbed by the rumours that are being spread about former President Mandela's health.

''We appeal for respect for the privacy and dignity of the former President,'' it said.
-0- PANA MA/VAO 27June2013

27 june 2013 18:37:41




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