24 February 2013

South Africa: Nwest Improves TB Treatment Outcome

press release

The North West province has seen 20% improvement in Tuberculosis (TB) treatment outcome in the past four years, Premier Thandi Modise has revealed.

"The Tuberculosis treatment outcome improved from 40.3% in 2009 to 69.8% in 2012. Patients defaulting TB treatment have seen a sharp decrease from 10.8% to 7.8%" Modise said during her delivery of State of the Province Address in Mmabatho on Friday.

The TB treatment outcome is amongst the best in country, she said

She thanked a dedicated team of health professionals in Klerksdorp Tshepong Hospital Complex's TB Unit for successfully curing first Extreme Drug Resistant (XDR) TB patient in the country. This was confirmed by the National Department of Health's Communicable Disease Directorate.

"All fixed health facilities in the province are providing HIV Counselling and testing. This has resulted in 1398 Community Counsellors receiving stipend.

"We have seen the number of caregivers receiving stipend increasing from 4050 in 2009 to 6439 in 2012 inclusive of Caregivers benefiting from the EPWP Incentive Grant" Premier Modise said.

The annual HIV prevalence survey among pregnant women, showed a slight decline in the province, from 30% to 29.6 %, in the year 2009 and 2010 respectively.

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