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Mining Indaba: Health minister tackles TB scourge

Aaron Motsoaledi says it’s time the sector changes the way it deals with TB among workers.

FILE: Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the time has come for the mining industry to change the way it deals with tuberculosis (TB) among its workers by investing more in prevention instead of just treatment.

The annual African Mining Indaba has started in Cape Town and the minister has joined around 7,000 delegates at the gathering.

Motsoaledi says mining companies need to recognise the threat of TB and respond adequately.

"Our weakness, which is the weakness of many healthcare systems around the world, is that we put more emphasis on curative that preventative healthcare."