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'Africa unlikely to meet TB goals'

Kgalema Motlanthe has spoken at a regional ministerial meeting on TB in the mining sector.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - A regional ministerial meeting on tuberculosis (TB) in the mining sector is underway in Johannesburg where several ministers of health and mining from the Southern African region are discussing the epidemic.

The gathering has been organised to finalise a collective response to TB which is prevalent in the mining sector.

The ministers have already been addressed by South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as well as researchers from the World Bank.

Motlanthe said because the African continent was unlikely to meet its TB targets, a comprehensive strategy by the Southern African region was urgently needed.

"Africa is one of the continents unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal target of halving TB-related mortality by the end of 2015."