Massive play for Mandela's health deterioration story in Nigerian press

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The news of Mandela's health deterioration, announced by the South African presidency on Sunday evening, received a massive play in the Nigerian media on Monday.

The South African media had quoted presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj as saying the former President's health was now in 'critical condition', and that President Jacob Zuma had visited him in a Pretoria hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for a lung infection.

''Mandela in critical condition - Jacob Zuma,'' was the headline in the Vanguard newspaper.

''Mandela now in critical condition, says presidency'' (Guardian); ''Nelson Mandela's health deteriorates'' (Leadership); ''World stands still for Mandela - last 24 hours very critical - Zuma'' (Tribune) and ''Nelson Mandela critically ill in hospital'' (Punch) were some of the other headlines.

The health of Mandela, who has been in and out of hospital in recent times over a recurring lung infection dating back to 1988 when he contacted tuberculosis while in prison, is being keenly followed in Nigeria, which played a prominent role in ending apartheid in South Africa.

According to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, the American Hospital Association advises physicians to use the term "critical condition" when a patient's vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits.

It said under this condition, the patient might be unconscious, and that the indicators were unfavourable.

After Mandela was taken to the hospital on 8 June, the South African presidency said he was in  ''serious but stable''. The condition had remained that way until Sunday evening, when it was downgraded to ''critical''.
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