Father of South African nation Nelson Mandela is admitted to the hospital again due to his recurring lung infection, states President Office of South Africa.
“Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort,” the government’s statement said. Mandela, 94, spent 18 days in the hospital in December for a lung infection and gallstones.
“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. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in the statement.
The anti-Apartheid activist was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on March 10 for routine medical tests and to “manage existing conditions in line with his age,” a spokesman for the South African President’s office said.
In November 2012, banknotes featuring Mandela’s image were printed and entered into circulation in South Africa.