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Motsoaledi to lead SA's biggest TB screening drive

The Health Minister says at least 90% of South Africans must at one stage or another know their status.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Tuesday marks World Tuberculosis (TB) Day and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is leading South Africa's biggest screening drive in areas where the disease is most prevalent.

Motsoaledi is visiting TB screening sites in Orkney, North West which is known for its mining activities.

TB is most prevalent in South African mining areas and correctional facilities and Motsoaledi said this is why Tuesday's screenings will be happening in Klerksdorp, the Free State, Rustenburg, northern Limpopo and Carletonville on Gauteng's West Rand.

Motsoaledi said mineworkers and residents living in areas near mines must be tested.

"Everybody living in this district, our aim is that they be tested. If possible, at least 90 percent of South Africans must at one stage or another know their TB status."