“President Nelson Mandela continues to make steady improvement in hospital. His doctors say he continues to respond satisfactorily to treatment and is much better now than he was when he was admitted to hospital. He has been visited by family and continues to make steady progress,” said a statement released by the office of South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma.
The legend has been hospitalized three times during the past four months, including a spell of 19 days in December, when he was treated for a lung infection and had surgery for gallstones. On Saturday, the government said Mr. Mandela had developed a pleural effusion or a fluid buildup in the lungs, which physicians addressed, enabling him to breathe without difficulty.
“Of course I have been saying to people, you should bear in mind Madiba is no longer that young and if he goes for check-ups every now and again, I don’t think people must be alarmed about it… I would like to really say the country must not panic,” Zuma earlier told the media.