Mandela's health continues to improve - Govt

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s health continues to improve after nearly a week in the hospital, where he is being treated for pneumonia, the government confirmed on Wednesday.

“President Nelson Mandela continues to make steady improvement in hospital,” said a statement released by the office of President Jacob Zuma.

“His doctors say he continues to respond satisfactorily to treatment and is much better now than he was when he was admitted to hospital. He has been visited by family and continues to make steady progress.”

It remains unclear when the 94-year-old global statesman will be discharged.  

Over the weekend, President Zuma’s office said Mandela had developed a fluid buildup in his lungs, which were drained to enable him to breathe freely.

Meanwhile, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday said it is shocked and outraged to learn that a television channel on Tuesday accidentally televised an obituary of Mandela.

“This was uncalled for and totally insensitive on the part of DSTV as President Mandela is alive and receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, as reported by the Presidency. We nonetheless welcome the apology extended by DSTV on the error committed in this regard,” said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu.
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03 april 2013 18:12:54

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