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Concerns raised over Tutu's health condition

Reverend Mpho Tutu says family members are concerned about her father’s condition.

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu updates the press on Archbishop Desmond Tutu's current health status. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There is growing concern for the health of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

His family briefed the media earlier today to reveal he has again been admitted to hospital.

This time Tutu is being treated for inflammation.

Reverend Mpho Tutu said family members are concerned about her father's condition.

"We are of course concerned, but that's concern, not panic about his well-being."

Tutu said although doctors have told them her father remains strong, he is taking longer to recover every time an illness hits him.

"The series of treatments that he has had over the years have also had an impact on the elasticity of his body and his ability to come back from an illness."

The Arch is expected to remain in hospital for at least a few days.

On the previous two occasions he was treated for a persistent infection.

Mpho said her father's current treatment has nothing to do with the prostrate cancer he's been battling over the last few years.