Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma delivered a key-note address during the commemoration of World TB Day at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital.
The event was held in partnership with the Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal under the theme“Find TB. Treat TB. Working Together to Eliminate TB”.
Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma is the Founder and Patron of the Bongi Ngema-Zuma (BNZ) Foundation, a non-profit organisation established in 2010, with the vision “To see a South Africa where diabetes ceases to be a killer due to lack of awareness.” This is achieved through reaching out to various communities and empowering South Africans to take control of their health, including critically, diabetes.
According to the World Health Organisation, about 15% of TB cases globally may be linked to diabetes. People with a weak immune system as a result of chronic diseases such as Diabetes are at a higher risk of progressing from latent to active Tuberculosis. The likelihood that a person with TB will die or relapse is significantly higher if he/she also has diabetes.
500 patients and members of the public were screened for TB, HIV and Diabetes. Early detection is key to improving care and treatment outcomes of both diseases
It was the third collaboration between BNZ Foundation and the Department of Health and a successful joint response to combating the spread of these diseases and ensure a coordinated clinical approach.