Widely regarded as the father of the South African nation for leading the struggle against apartheid, Nelson Mandela, 94, spent 18 days in hospital in December undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.
On march 28, Mandela was again Hospitalized at mid-night. A presidential spokesman told the BBC that Mr Mandela was conscious and was receiving the best possible medical treatment.
“I think we need to be clear that the doctors are attending to Madiba [Mr Mandela] on a continuous basis,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said.
“They prefer to act on the side of caution, and the moment they felt there was a recurrence of the lung infection, they felt that it warranted immediate hospitalization given his age and given his history.”
However, the BBC’s Andrew Harding in South Africa says the abrupt nature of Mr Mandela’s late-night admission is likely to raise concerns.
“South Africans are keeping him and his family in their prayers”
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