Motsoaledi discharged from hospital

2015-08-26 18:03
Aaron Motsoaledi. (GCIS)

Aaron Motsoaledi. (GCIS)

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Pretoria - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was discharged from the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon following his admission for pneumonia on Sunday. 

"The doctors at Steve Biko Academic Hospital assessed the condition of the minister earlier this afternoon and concluded that the worst is over and discharged him from hospital to recover at home. The minister is responding well to treatment and he is in good spirits," his spokesperson, Joe Maila, said in a statement. 

"The minister thanks all South Africans including colleagues, academics, professionals, friends, relatives and organisations for the well wishes during his admission at the Pretoria hospital since Sunday."

Motsoaledi said in the statement that he wanted to thank Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah for "wishing me speedy recovery at the time when Tata is not well himself. I wish him well. We will continue to put him and the family in our prayers". 

Last week Thursday, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said Tutu would stay in hospital for two weeks after being put on a new course of antibiotics. 

Nurses at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital earlier told News24 that Motsoaledi was in a general surgery section in a ward with other patients, but had security guards with him.

He was admitted to the same hospital in August 2013 for a planned operation.

In 2009, Motsoaledi reportedly took his 3-year-old son to the same hospital after he had a fever of 40°C.

According to the Mail & Guardian, the child's grandparents initially took the boy to a private hospital but no diagnosis was made.

Motsoaledi then decided to move his son to the public hospital, and within four hours he was diagnosed with sinus problems and operated on.

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