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Public health improving

The latest edition of the District Health Barometer shows that public health is improving

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The latest edition of the District Health Barometer (DHB) shows that public health is improving.

The findings which were released on Monday night revealed that the tuberculosis (TB) cure rate was improving.

The barometer also showed that early testing of HIV on infants, condom distribution and contraception has improved.

The indicators revealed cases of childhood illnesses, malnutrition and pneumonia are decreasing.

The Western Cape is leading in most areas compared to the rest of the country.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told Cape Talk 567 that he was happy with the barometer findings.

"We are going to put a lot of emphasis on prevention of diseases and promotion of health rather than waiting for the disease to accumulate and try to cure them because that would be extremely expensive for the country."

Motsoaledi also said they were committed to fight against TB.

"Eighty percent of people who are HIV positive in South Africa are actually killed by TB. There's no way you can ignore it. We want the TB cure rate to increase and we have put together plans. The Global Fund has given us R3 billion to fight HIV/AIDS and TB. We have allocated a substantial sum of that money to TB."

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