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Infographic: TB Awareness Month – March 2018

Tuberculosis (TB) causes thousands of deaths in South Africa and the death toll also rises worldwide every year and despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4 500 lives a day

TB Awareness Month is each year from 1 to 31 March. This year’s theme is ‘UNITE TO END TB AND HIV”

The Department of Health aims to promote this awareness through community engagement whish mainly focuses on:

  • TB testing and screening to identify TB
  • Enhancing the detection of TB in children
  • Improving HIV counseling and testing
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles

TB IS CURABLE WHEN TREATMENT IS TAKEN AS PRESCRIBED BY THE CLINIC

WHEN ONE SKIPS TREATMENT OR STOP TREATMENT

TO REMEMBER TAKING YOUR TABLETS- ASK A “TREATMENT BUDDY’ TO HELP CHECK THAT YOU TAKE YOUR MEDICINE DAILY

Your Tb nurse will also support you- stay in touch and tell them if you experience any problems with your treatment

THE HARD TO TREAT TB CALLED MDR (multidrug-resistant TB) or XDR TB (extreme drug resistant TB) MAY DEVELOP WHEN ONE STOP TREATMENT AND MORE EXPENSIVE TREATMENT WILL THEN BE NEEDED FOR A VERY LONG TIME

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING- CONTACT YOUR CLINIC FOR FREE TB SCREENING

  • Persistent cough
  • Unintentional weigh loss
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Night sweats
  • Chest pain
  • Blood in the sputum

TB TREATMENT TAKES AT LEAST months

You have to take all your tables daily and complete the treatment

DON’T STOP TAKING YOUR TABLETS IF YOU ARE FEELING BETTER!!!!!

You have to finish all your tablets

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