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TB plan a huge success - official

By unknown | Mar 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The Mpumalanga Health and Social Services Department will observe World TB Day tomorrow in Nokaneng village.

Mpho Gabashane, departmental spokesman, said the government had already put in place a TB crisis plan.

He said: "Since the implementation of this plan, which in the main seeks to improve data capturing at facility level, consistent follow up of patients and intensive social mobilisation, we have already recorded an impressive improvement on the cure rate in the province.

"Nkangala district is the worst affected with TB. We have identified a high defaulter rate, high mobility of people, which makes following up difficult."

Gabashane said there had already be an improvement on the treatment rate, from 56percent to 61,3percent.

He said: "Our cure rate has improved radically from 32percent to 52percent.

"Much of this success has been realised through improved allocation of resources to this programme.

"This has been enhanced by the employment of more people and making TB a stand-alone directorate in Mpumalanga," he said.


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