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Deputy President David Mabuza will deliver the keynote address at the World TB Day Commemoration in Mbombela, Mpumalanga province on Wednesday. Mabuza will be accompanied by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, Mpumalanga Premier, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, SANAC sector leaders, and other international partners.
The event forms part of global World TB activities aimed at raising public awareness about tuberculosis and efforts made to prevent and treat the disease.
This year’s commemoration will be held under the theme: “The Clock Is Ticking! Let’s Find, Treat and End TB Now!” – a call to all South Africans to rally behind the national response to end TB epidemic.
The event seeks to mobilise and remind everyone including leaders of society, that the fight against TB and HIV continues even during the difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the World Health Organisation, TB remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers. Each day, nearly 4000 lose their lives to TB and close to 28,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 63 million lives since the year 2000.