Health-care workers urged to

2017-04-05 06:03


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THE head of Health in KwaZulu-Natal, Sifiso Mtshali, has called on all health-care workers in the province to protect themselves from possible TB infection.

In a statement issued last week, he said being responsible for providing health care did not make people immune from contracting the air-borne disease.

“When I went to China recently, I noticed how every day people were wearing medical masks. It concerns me that in South Africa there are health workers who choose not to protect themselves,” he said.

Dr Mtshali was speaking at a community outreach programme to create awareness about TB in the workplace in Pietermaritzburg ahead of World TB Day, which was marked around the globe on March 24.

World TB Day is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis remains an epidemic today in large parts of the world and is responsible for the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people annually.

Most deaths occur in developing countries.

In South Africa TB kills 80% of HIV positive people and is responsible for 120 000 deaths annually. Government wants to reduce this number to fewer than 20 000.

Dr Mtshali said that health-care workers should test for TB at least once a year as they are among the key populations susceptible to the disease.

— Echo Reporter.

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