NWest improves TB treatment outcome


The North West province has seen a 20% improvement in the number of tuberculosis patients cured in the past four years, the North West provincial government said.

"The tuberculosis treatment outcome improved from 40.3% in 2009 to 69.8% in 2012," Premier Thandi Modise said in a statement, discussing the percentage of patients cured of TB.

She said that in Klerksdorp's Tshepong Hospital the first Extreme Drug Resistant TB patient in the country had been cured.

Cancer treatment patients decreased

"[The number of] patients defaulting [on their] TB treatment has seen a sharp decrease from 10.8% to 7.8%."

She also said that the annual HIV prevalence survey among pregnant women, showed a slight decline in the province, from 30% to 29.6%, in the years 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Modise said extensions to Mmabatho and Excelsius nursing colleges were underway. "The planning of Moses Kotane, Potchefstroom, Lichtenburg and Taung nursing schools are at an advanced stages."

The province had also sourced funds to construct 10 community health centres.

A total of R478 million has been set aside for the construction of new psychiatric hospital in Mahikeng and the project was expected to be completed in the next 24 months.

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