TB leading cause of death in SA
Statistician general Pali Lehohla has released the country’s latest mortality and causes of death report.
JOHANNESBURG - Tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading cause of death in South Africa followed by influenza and pneumonia.
But HIV has moved from being ranked seventh in 2012 to third in 2013.
Statistician general Pali Lehohla has released the country's latest mortality and causes of death report in Pretoria.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says 458,933 deaths were recorded in 2013 and TB Remains at the top of the list.
HIV is in the top five for the first time and it's been suggested this may be because of better reporting of the disease.
Road accidents and assault are both among the top five non-natural causes of death each accounting for more than 5,000 lives lost in 2013.
Stats SA says understanding why people die is important because it helps the country understand its health status and identify priority areas it needs to focus on.
Yesterday, activists and health workers across the globe hold various events to raise awareness and promote safe sex on World Aids Day.