TB still rife in South Africa

2016-03-30 06:00

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that South Africa is ranked third in the world after India and China regarding the incidence of tuberculosis (TB). According to WHO statistics, South Africa’s active TB incidence is estimated at 450 000 cases.

According to the Northern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Alvin Botes, the link between TB and poverty remains a challenge.

Botes stated prior to World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March, that basic service delivery at local government level is at the epicentre of risk minimisation.

He said the statistics called for continued action in creating awareness with the goal of reducing the infection rate and treating the disease.

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