Mandela’s condition ‘satisfactory’, says Presidency

Johannesburg, April 16 (IANS) The condition of anti-apartheid icon and former South African president Nelson Mandela was “satisfactory” following his discharge from hospital earlier this month, the Presidency said.

“He’s stable. There’s nothing to be concerned about. The doctors have not indicated anything to be concerned about,” Xinhua quoted presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj as saying.

The 94-year-old Mandela was discharged from hospital April 6 after spending nine days in an unidentified hospital in Pretoria for recurrence of a lung infection.

This was the third time that Mandela was hospitalised since December last year when he stayed in hospital for 18 days for a lung infection and gallstones.

On March 9, Mandela was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for a scheduled medical check-up to manage existing conditions in line with his age. He was discharged one day later.

Mandela’s failing health has been the focus of attention in the past recent years. His lung problem was the result of tuberculosis developed when he was in prison before being elected the first black president of South Africa after the end of apartheid.

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