DENOSA commemorates World TB Day today 24 March 2017, under the theme: “United to end TB and HIV – South African leaders taking action”. As part of the commemoration, DENOSA calls on community members, especially those living in mining areas and peri-mining communities to get tested for TB and, in cases where TB is found in their bodies, get into treatment as soon as possible.
DENOSA also encourages patients under TB treatment to finish their treatment course so that they become TB-free and healthy.
TB remains the killer disease and South Africa is one of the leading countries in the world with highest TB infection rate.
DENOSA also calls for modification of buildings where TB patients are cared for, including our prisons, to enhance ventilation as the disease is air-bone. We call for mining companies to take proactive measures in fighting TB in communities surrounding their mines as most residents get infected as a result of mining operations taking place in such mines.
As part of advancing the fight against TB, DENOSA is happy that the Minister of Health will be launching a new MDR-TB drug at Sizwe Tropical Hospital in Edenvale in Gauteng today. This further shows commitment of South Africa to fighting the disease. This move will also assist nurses to become more effective in the course of their work of caring for MDR-TB patients.
We also call for provision of adequate and good quality equipment for health workers, such as masks, so that they themselves do not get infected whilst in the course of their work of fighting the disease.
The Department of Health provides the following basic facts and advices about TB:
• TB is curable even if you are HIV positive.
• TB can be anywhere, everywhere, and everyone must screen for TB
• Take your TB treatment without fail for 6 months and be cured
• Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough
• Open your windows for fresh air
• Wash your hands regularly
•go to your nearest clinic for screening