Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Western Cape Health Department welcomes court ruling about XDR 6 TB

By Yamkela Xhaso
29 July

The Western Cape Department of Health is pleased to with the outcome of the Cape High Court ruling on the extreme drug-resistant TB patients.

The court ruled out that XDR 6 TB patients to be isolated from the general public for safety reasons.

Western Cape Health Department minister Pierre Uys the case began in September in 2007 has come to an end.

“I am very pleased with the outcome and it is really around whether in terms of human rights of patients and clients of service whether we allow to isolate them”

“The court said yes, the second question was whether that can take place at Brooklyn Chest Hospital and again it was a yes”

“Thirdly I think it is a very important test case not only for the Western Cape but for the whole country.

“This will put the tools, the ways and the means in our hands that we can secure the health of the people out there and isolate people and this is done to protect the broader community out there.

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