National Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says TB remains the number one killer among the…

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National Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says TB remains the number one killer among the infectious diseases in the world, and yet it does not get the same attention as other diseases. Motsoaledi was speaking after attending a church service at the St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town to commemorate World TB Day. Over the last 200 years TB has killed more people than influenza, malaria, yellow fever and HIV/Aids combined. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014, 11-thousand people globally died of this disease. In the same year 1-point-5-million people globally, and 40-thousand people in South Africa, died of TB. No new drugs or testing method was developed for over 50 years and new developments emerged only recently. Motsoaledi says the lack of urgency despite such overwhelming evidence is baffling. He says now is the time to act. “Every head of state must talk of TB, regardless of whether it appears in their prepared written text or not, every time they address people, they must think about the issue of TB and just ad it in their speeches and I’ll ask ministers of religion, whether it is in their sermons or not, they must keep on reminding people of this killer disease.”


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4 comments on “National Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says TB remains the number one killer among the…

  1. Think its us as individuals who needs to take care of our own health…. Meaning go for regular checkups specially TB/HIV TEST.the sooner u get treatment the better.

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