MARAPONG — Speaking to the masses who gathered at the World TB day celebration on Monday, held at Marapong stadium, Health Minister, Dr. Aaron Motswaledi said that TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa and yet people are not scared of it.
“Nine million people are infected with TB while, 1.5 million people die every year of TB but still, till this day I tell you that people are not scared of it” Motswaledi said.
World TB day is celebrated on the 24th of March but due to the Easter holidays it was celebrated on the 22nd, and people were encouraged to get screened and tested for all sorts of diseases.
“All diseases are enemies of health and with the combined influence of HIV/AIDS, cholera, malaria and flu, TB has killed more people. We are in trouble because of this enemy that has been there for years” he said.
In his key note address Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa said that it’s the government and the community’s job to end TB as well as HIV/AIDS. They need to work together to ensure that it goes down. “South Africans must come forward to be screened, have it treated and cured” he said.
Motswaledi also said that the World Health Organisation and the STOP TB partnership have developed complementary strategies that if all countries implement at scale will help end TB by 2030.
The Waterberg district is third on the list with a high amount of TB and HIV cases.