PRETORIA– South Africa will join the international community in commemorating World TB Day on Thursday, an occasion for affected people and the communities in which they live, governments, civil society organizations, health care providers and international partners to call for further action to reach people who have been infected with tuberculosis.
The observation of World TB Day is aimed at creating awareness and facilitating activities in an attempt to prevent and treat the disease.
Deputy President David Mabuza, who is also the chairperson of the South African AIDS Council (SANAC), will lead the day’s event, which will be held in Mayville in KwaZulu-Natal Province. This year’s commemoration will be held under the theme “Unite to end TB and HIV — South African leaders taking action”.
The event seeks to mobilise and encourage leaders of society such as members of legislatures, councillors, traditional leaders, business and religious leaders and civil society at large to commit to the fight against TB and HIV, the Presidency said in a statement here Tuesday.
The event is aimed at mobilising communities to adopt practices that minimise the risk of tuberculosis and HIV infection.
Mabuza will be accompanied by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu, SANAC sector leaders, traditional leaders and international partners.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK