Nelson Mandela making progress in hospital
South Africa's former President and world renowned statesman, Nelson Mandela, is making progress according to reports, regarding his treatment for a lung infection.

The Noble Peace Prize Laureate was admitted to a military hospital in the capital Pretoria on Saturday to undergo treatment for a lung condition, traced back to his time as a political prisoner on Robben Island.

According to officials in the Presidency, doctors at the hospital are attending to the former anti-apartheid struggle veteran, with doctors expressing their satisfaction in his response to the treatment.

The news of his hospitalization has raised concern within South Africa regarding the first democratically elected president's health, with the office of President Jacob Zuma calling for calm saying that President Mandela does require medical treatment as a result of his age.

The 94-year old statesman, who is commonly known in South Africa by his clan name, Madiba, has received thousands of well-wishers and messages from around the world.

Earlier this year in February, Madiba was admitted to hospital and treated for abdominal pain. In early 2011, he was treated for a serious chest infection.

The former president officially retired from public life in 2004, and has been rarely seen in public since than. His health conditions are linked to some of the infections and sicknesses he suffered and picked up during his time in prison where he picked up tuberculosis in the 1980s.
Last Modified: 2012-12-13 12:00:01
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