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Public awareness is at the heart of Johannesburg’s activities on World Tuberculosis Day, which this year have the theme, “On the move to kick TB out”.
A TUBERCULOSIS (TB) public awareness programme will be held by the City in Orange Farm to observe World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday, 24 March.


MMC for health Bengeza MthombeniMMC for health Bengeza Mthombeni will take part in the campaign against TBThe Joburg mayoral committee member for health, Bengeza Mthombeni, will begin the day with a door-to-door campaign to mobilise people to attend the event. At the venue, he will talk about services offered by the City’s health centres.

Activities will start at 9am at the Chris Hani Sports Complex, in Extension 6B in Orange Farm.

Mthombeni will be accompanied by the Gauteng MEC for health and social development, Ntombi Mekgwe, who will deliver the keynote address to mark the day, which runs under the theme “On the move to kick TB out”.

To improve knowledge about the disease, the City embarked on an extensive health awareness drive ahead of World TB Day. It has been conducting imbizos across its territory, during which it has engaged community leaders on ways of making TB treatment and medication available in their local centres.

Already visited are Ivory Park, Westbury, Doornkop, Yeoville, Protea South and Alexandra. At the main event, community members will be taught about treatment, hygiene and identifying TB symptoms. There will also be testing stalls for diseases such as high blood pressure, HIV and diabetes, among others.

According to the deputy director of public health in the City, Antonia Barnard, there will also be talks by TB ambassadors, patients who have successfully completed treatment for the disease. “We want our people to be aware that TB is curable, only if they take the full medication as recommended by a health specialist,” she explained.

People would also be able to speak to MEC Mekgwe about the challenges they encountered in terms of getting medication for TB. Barnard said awards would be given to Gauteng districts that were running outstanding TB programmes through their clinics and hospitals.

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