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Correctional Services tackles TB in prisons

The Department of Correctional Services says it is committed to fighting tuberculosis through its healthcare programme at South African prisons.

Sand art at Puri Beach in India to mark World TB Day. Picture: @sudarsansand/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Correctional Services Department says it is committed to fighting tuberculosis (TB) through its healthcare programme at South African prisons.

Friday marks World TB Day.

The department says to date, the TB cure rate at correctional centres stands at 82.7%.

The department’s Singabakho Nxumalo says this has been made possible by the screening of all offenders when they're admitted to prison.

“TB is among the programmes that we do not compromise. The right to life is very important and all offenders are entitled to that particular right. So we cannot be at fault when it comes to treatment.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)