Tuesday, March 24, 2009

World TB day a success

By Mandisi Tyulu
24 March 2009

Today the world marks Tuberculosis Day. A Pilot project in Khayelitsha has been launched as an effective way to deal with drug-resistant TB.

Health Promotion manager, Maureen Mccrea says, in 2008, Ubuntu clinic in the area treated nearly 200 extremely drug-resistant TB patients. The clinic’s programme offers a "holistic alternative to hospitalization" and includes home visits and a daily regime of medication.

This is a joint initiative between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape government and humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières, says Mccrea.

“We had a glorious ceremony were people were giving talks on TB day and highlighting the scene for World TB day”, says Mccrea.

“We hope that people can open their windows on this World TB day.”

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