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Several CT clinics to receive ARV & TB infrastructure

Clinics in Sarepta, Ocean View and Elsie’s River are among those set to receive dedicated ARV & TB wings.

FILE: The city says these units are crucial elements in their efforts to electively treat these diseases. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town will be expanding its Antiretroviral (ARV) and Tuberculosis (TB) infrastructure at some Cape Town clinics.

Clinics in Sarepta, Ocean View and Elsie's River are among those that are set to receive dedicated ARV and TB wings as part of the municipal health department's infrastructure upgrade programme.

Extensions are already underway at Tafelsig Clinic in Mitchells Plain and Mzamomhle Clinic in Browns Farm.

The city's Siyabulela Mamkeli says these units are crucial elements in their efforts to electively treat these diseases.

"It's important to provide an environment where patients feel safe and their privacy can be better protected. Dedicated spaces also allow us to protect the health and well-being of the general population at the clinic."

In March, hundreds of people gathered in Cape Town for a march to Parliament in a bid to create awareness around World TB Day.

The group said while they appreciated all the medical care they received, government could do more to help TB sufferers in poverty-stricken areas.

The group marched down Keizergracht Street wearing medical masks and chanting "TB is an emergency".

Many were bussed into the CBD from local townships including Khayelitsha and Mfuleni.

The group, under the leadership of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marched to Parliament with a memorandum to ask government to provide the most effective medication to patients fighting the disease.