South African President Jacob Zuma says former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is responding positively to treatment of lung infection.
The 94-year-old leader was rushed to a South African hospital with another lung infection on Wednesday night.
“The doctors advise that former president Nelson Mandela is responding positively to the treatment he is undergoing for a recurring lung infection,” Zuma ‘s office said in a short statement on Thursday, AFP reported.
“He remains under treatment and observation in hospital,” the statement added.
Earlier, the South African president wished Mandela a quick recovery and asked for people around the world to pray for him.
“We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts,” Zuma said.
“We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery,” he noted.
Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner. He spent about three weeks in hospital for a similar infection and gallstones in December 2012.
In South Africa, Mandela is often known as Madiba, his clan name, or as tata, which means father. He is widely regarded as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid. Mandela served as South Africa’s first Black president from 1994 to 1999.
The former South African president has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. In recent years, Mandela’s health problems have worried his supporters.