Poor TB infection controls at SA healthcare facilities - TAC report

Today is World Tuberculosis, or World TB Day.

TB is still the leading reported cause of death in South Africa, with over 30 000 people dying of the sickness, according to Stats SA.

The rate of new cases of active TB in South Africa remains extremely high at around 450 000 per year, and is spread through the air when people with active TB disease cough or sneeze.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) conducted an assessment on the state of TB infection control in a number of clinics across South Africa.

TAC's Anele Yawa maintains that healthcare facilities are not doing enough to curb the rate of new TB cases.

Of the 158 facilities assessed across the country, 114 were found have very poor infection control measures in place.

He explains that measures include open windows, enough room in waiting areas, cleanliness, posters about hygiene and waiting periods within the health facility.

From all 158 facilities across all provinces, only 15 facilities were ranked green... meaning that they are taking measures to curb infection.

Anele Yawa, National General Secretary for the TAC

He explained how healthcare facilities should be raising awareness and improve infection control through safety precautions.

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