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Tuberculosis

24 March 2011

TB diagnosis breakthrough

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi today announced that the revolutionary GeneXpert MTB/RIF machine will be rolled out across the country.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi today announced at the Prince Nshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi, KZN that the GeneXpert MTB/RIF machine: a revolutionary TB diagnosis machine that dramatically cuts lag time and test complexity, will be rolled out across the country. 

The machine could be the difference between life and death for millions of people.

Consider this: one in every three people in the world is infected with TB. South Africa ranked third in the world in terms of total numbers of incidence cases of TB in 2008, with a particularly high concentration in the Western Cape.

 

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