Another restful night for Madiba

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pretoria - Former President Nelson Mandela has had another restful and peaceful night, according to the medical team looking after him at his home in Houghton.

The team, which is closely monitoring the 92-year-old and giving him round the clock care, is being led by the Surgeon General Veejay Ramlakan.

Mandela was admitted to the Milpark Hospital on Wednesday for a respiratory infection and discharged on Friday afternoon so that he could recover in the comfort and privacy of his home.

In a statement, acting President Kgalema Motlanthe said that while Madiba is responding well to treatment, the doctors who are taking care of him are concerned about the number of people visiting.

"Once again we want to appeal to all that we accord the former President and his family the space to support him in privacy and dignity which he deserves. Doctors must also be allowed to do their work without any undue pressure and in an atmosphere that allows them to carry on with their duties without any disturbance," said Motlanthe.

He added that government would continue to keep the country, its people and friends throughout the world informed of any developments in Madiba's health.

"The South African National Defence Force which reports to the President on a regular basis on this matter has arranged itself to take enquiries and prepare responses on this matter," he said.

The South African National Defence Force has also established communication with the traditional leaders of Madiba's clan to inform them of his condition and the support he continues to receive.

"We wish to take this opportunity to thank all our people and friends around the world for their continued support to Mr Mandela and his family and want to assure them that we are doing all we can to ensure that he recovers fully. We appreciate all the prayers and love shown to Madiba," added Motlanthe.

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