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  • TB Awareness Month 2017

    TB Awareness Month 2017

    Tue, Mar 7, 2017

    Did you know that, every year, tuberculosis (TB) causes thousands of deaths in South Africa and the rest of the world? The death toll also rises worldwide every year.  

    TB Awareness Month is commemorated each year from 1 to 31 March. This year's theme is "Unite to end TB and HIV: South African leaders taking action''. The City of Tshwane's Health Department aims to promote this awareness through community engagement which mainly focuses on –

    1. TB testing and screening to identify TB;
    2. enhancing the detection of TB in children;
    3. improving HIV counselling and testing; and
    4. promoting healthy lifestyles. 


    We urge citizens not to wait for all the symptoms to appear before they report to the clinic. TB is curable when treatment is taken as prescribed by the clinic. The hard-to-treat TB called MDR TB (multidrug-resistant TB) or XDR TB (extreme drug-resistant TB) may develop when one stops or skips treatment. More expensive treatment will then be needed for a very long time. 

    The following factors contribute to the prevalence of TB disease:

    1. Alcoholism
    2. Smoking
    3. Diseases such as diabetes
    4. Cancer treatment
    5. Continuous tiredness
    6. Overcrowding
    7. Poor nutrition
    8. Physical and emotional problems
    9. Vulnerability due to being very young or elderly
    10. Viral infections that cause low resistance 


    Anybody experiencing any of the following needs to contact their clinic for free TB screening:

    1. Persistent cough
    2. Unintentional weight loss
    3. Tiredness and weakness
    4. Night sweats
    5. Chest pains
    6. Blood in the sputum  


    Factors leading to an increase in TB cases: 

    1. Clients give wrong addresses and telephone numbers, so follow-up is difficult or impossible.
    2. There is a social stigma associated with TB.
    3. There is a lack of support from family or relatives.
    4. Patients refuse to take treatment and continue to spread TB.


    If you have TB, it does not mean that you are HIV-positive. Get tested for HIV! TB is fully curable even if you are HIV-positive. Let us fight TB together and have a healthy community. If somebody at home has TB, take all your children under the age of five to the clinic for free screening and testing for TB. 

    Plans for promoting TB awareness in Tshwane


    16 March 2017

    08:00 to 15:00

    MA Automotive Factory, Rosslyn
    • Exhibitions on various diseases
    • Health talks
    • TB screening
    • Collection of sputum when TB is suspected
    • HIV counselling and testing

    24 March 2017

    08:00 to 15:00

    Mamelodi West Community Hall
    • Exhibitions on various diseases
    • Health talks
    • TB, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol screening
    • Education, promotion of home gardens and issuing of vegetable seeds
    • 3 to 5 km health walk and run
    • Personal hygiene
    • Collection of sputum where TB is suspected
    • HIV counselling and testing
    Other activities
    1 to 28 March 2017
    • Various early childhood development centres
    • Elderly support groups
    • Public transport sites


    • TB education to child minders
    • Promotion of TB screening for children under five years
    22 to 24 March 2017Various local community radio stations
    • Radio talks
    • Question-and-answer sessions


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