Friday, March 23, 2007

World attention on TB day

By Tarryn Le Chat
23 March 2007

World Tuberculosis Day is an international opportunity to draw the world’s attention to the growing TB epidemic.

The world health organisation this year emphasises that every country has to be alert and be part of the world wide fight against TB due to the ease with which TB is spread.

According to Dr Ivan Toms of the City of cape Town health department, “The City will be honouring clinic staff and related Non-Governmental Organisations in a World TB Day celebration at the Oliver Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha.”

Internationally TB is once more seen as a health emergency due to the growing extreme drug resistant TB-XDR outbreak in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.

This deadly outbreak has seen eight such cases confirmed in Cape Town of which one has died.

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