Nurses wish Mandela well

2011-01-28 08:40

Nursing union Denosa wished former president Nelson Mandela well as he was being treated in Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, a spokesperson said.

“Denosa joins millions of people around the world in wishing struggle stalwart, elderly statesman and our first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela, a speedy recovery,” said Democratic Nursing Union of SA spokesperson Asanda Fongqo.

“Mandela, a genuine humanitarian has inspired people from every corner of the globe to embrace the values that have embodied his life.

“He remains a valuable asset and a benchmark of what leadership should be, not only to the country but to the entire universe,” said Fongqo.

Mandela was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.

A statement issued last night by acting President Kgalema Motlanthe suggested the 92-year-old was suffering from respiratory problems.

“Medically, there is no need to panic. Dr Mandela suffers from an ailment common to people of his age, and conditions that have developed over years,” said Motlanthe.

“We may recall that he has suffered from tuberculosis whilst on Robben Island and has had previous respiratory infections.”

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