KLERKSDORP, SOUTH AFRICAN--The Head of the MDR/XDR TB unit at Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp, in North West Province, says many doctors in South Africa still have difficulty treating Tuberculosis.

MDR TB is multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and XDR TB is extensively drug resistant tuberculosis and Dr Hannetjie Ferreira is part of the national committee advising doctors on treating the disease, which is still the leading cause of the death in South Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks it among the top killer diseases globally.

Dr Ferreira's unit has been successful in treating drug-resistant TB, with an 80 per cent cure rate for Extrensively Drug Resistant TB in 2015.

She says most doctors don't know about TB. It is strange that the one disease in this country that kills the most people, many doctors don't even know about it. They don't know how to manage it because it is supposed to be managed by the government.


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