As part of the TB prevention campaign launch at Inanda, deputy president, David Mabuza, MEC for health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and mayor, Zandile Gumede are visiting households with TB patients to encourage family members to be screened and tested for TB.
Deputy president, David Mabuza, in his capacity as the chairman of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), launched the TB prevention campaign with Amakhosi and TB ambassadors at the Qadi Traditional Council in Inanda, recently.
The campaign seeks to mobilise Amakhosi and TB ambassadors to join the national effort of rapidly Finding the Missing TB Patients and urgently link them to treatment and care.
This initiative is also in line with a commitment made by Heads of State and Government in the first ever High Level Meeting on TB that took place in September 2018 at the United Nations in New York, USA.
In that meeting, the Heads of State and Government took a decision that countries must collectively trace four million people infected with TB but not on treatment.
In South Africa, about 15-20 percent of all TB reported cases are children, and it is among the top five underlying causes of death in children under five years of age.
KwaZulu-Natal has the greatest TB and HIV burden in the country.
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As a response, South Africa has decided to trace and find at least 80, 000 by December 2020 as part of its national efforts.
The launch in KwaZulu-Natal will be a build up to the national World TB Day commemoration, which will be held during a church service on Sunday, March 24 in the Western Cape, and the main commemoration on March 28 in the Eastern Cape.
World TB Day, this year, will be commemorated under the theme: IT’S TIME! For Religious Leaders, Parliamentarians and Legislators to Lead the Fight to End TB in South Africa.
The deputy president will be accompanied by KwaZulu-Natal premier, Mr Willies Mchunu, KZN MEC for health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, eThekwini Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede, Amakhosi and TB ambassadors to visit households with TB patients and encourage family members to be screened and tested for TB.
All family members confirmed with TB will be urgently initiated on treatment in health facilities closest to them.
This will be followed by the main community event where the Provincial Turnaround Plan will be tabled and the Deputy President will formally launch the TB Prevention Campaign.