Mandela recovering well after health scare

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was discharged from hospital on Friday, is recovering well and “remains in good spirits”, the presidency said.

The 92-year-old statesman was discharged after spending two-and-a-half days at Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital where he was treated for an acute respiratory infection.

"Government will ensure that the public is kept informed about the progress Mr Mandela was making," the presidency said.

A news blackout about Mandela’s health condition had sparked a media outcry and fuelled rumours that he was dying.

There were serious concerns about Mandela’s health after it emerged that he had been flown from Cape Town where he was on holiday and transferred to hospital by a military ambulance.

There were unconfirmed reports that Mandela suffered from a collapsed lung.

South African National Defence Force Surgeon General Vejaynand Ramlakan on Sunday said Mandela was responding very well to medication and treatment, and would continue to receive close monitoring and 24-hour care from a team of specialists.

Meanwhile, millions of South Africans on Sunday prayed for the well-being of Mandela at church services around the country.
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