I am living proof that TB is curable - survivor

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Ellen Nthoba says she is proof that TB is curable. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Ellen Nthoba says she is proof that TB is curable. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – After losing three family members to tuberculosis (TB), Ellen Nthoba says she has beaten the odds by surviving it herself.

The 30-year-old Nthoba told News24 on Tuesday during the commemoration of world TB day that when she was diagnosed with the bacterial lung disease her life become a battle and her biggest fear was death.

"I had short breaths and always had to isolate myself from my family, including my two children and also the community because I needed to get well," she said.

Nthoba was diagnosed with TB in 2011.    

"It wasn't easy to accept that I had TB because three of my family members died from it. I was also scared that I might die because of it."

Nthoba spent six months in hospital and soon after that she started the multi-drug resistance treatment.

Two years later, she was cured.

"TB is curable and I know that because I am the living proof that it is curable," Nthoba said.

"I am well now and it is all because I took my treatment and I noticed that it wasn't a death sentence... We must never stop the fight against TB," she said.

Free State Health MEC Benny Malakoane on Tuesday called on residents to educate themselves and help fight TB.

Malakoane sent a strong message to residents in Bloemfontein who braved the rain to commemorate world TB day, which was actually on March 24.  

"We have to fight until we win. Love your TB treatment and you will be cured," he said.

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