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Apr 14 2012 11:51AM
 
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Zandisile Luphahla

The Northern Cape has the third highest rate of TB in the country, with six out of 10 people reported to be victims of the pandemic.

That was the startling revelation by the province's MEC for health, Mxolisi Sokatsha, at the Hit the Road and Kick TB walk for humanity campaign in Kimberley yesterday.

TB survivor and global ambassador for the disease, Gerry Elsdon, led the march, making it the eighth province to host the initiative so far.

Elsdon was accompanied on the walk by Sokatsha, De Beers Malcolm Hendrickse, taxi association Santaco's provincial chairperson Piet Mpongoane and members of the community.

They walked from the old Kimberley prison, Bougroup, to the taxi rank and from there to the Big Hole.

Sokatsha said the province had a mandate to educate the community about TB.

"Most people know the symptoms of the disease but when it comes to taking medication for the full duration of the treatment they give up too easily.

It is publicity walks like this that can help educate people about the prevalence of the disease."

Elsdon, who is also an International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Society global TB ambassador, said she was creating awareness and promoting TB testing all over South Africa.

"The reception we got in Kimberley was extraordinary," she said.

Her last stop is Bloemfontein in the Free State today.

provinces@thenewage.co.za

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