JOHANNESBURG, Nov 23 (NNN-SABC) — Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be the leading cause of death in South Africa, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting that around 25,000 people died from TB in the country in 2011, excluding those who had both TB and HIV when they died.
The non-governmental organization (NGO) Soul City Institute for Health AND Development Communication has described a lack of knowledge as the leading factor of TB infections.
Its Programme Director, Dr Susan Goldstein, said Sunday that poor living conditions also contributes to the disease and she advised people to go on treatment immediately after they discover that they have TB.
In 2013, the disease resulted in more deaths in South Africa than any other natural cause, including HIV and pneumonia.
“We have the third highest number of people in the world with TB. The only two countries that have the higher epidemic are China and India,” she said.
“It’s a very severe epidemic in South Africa. In 2013, there were over 3,000 people who had TB. The highest risk is people who have decreased immune systems. People who are HIV (positive), young children are at high risk, minors who have other lung problems, people who smoke cigarettes.” — NNN-SABC