Gauteng’s TB Success Rate Best in South Africa

Eighty percent of TB cases treated successfully in Gauteng province.

Gauteng proudly has the highest tuberculosis (TB) cure rate in South Africa, with over 80 percent of cases being treated successfully, it has been announced.

The Gauteng Health Department said the success is down to door-to-door campaigns by community health workers, with more people also being tested for the disease.

In the 2010/2011 financial year, 52,118 new cases of TB were diagnosed, with the number of successfully treated cases rising from 64 percent in 2004.

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The Gauteng Health Department said the success is due to door-to-door campaigns by community health workers.

The Department’s awareness campaigns emphasise that TB is curable after six months of treatment even in people living with HIV infection.

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