Stigma, and an unequipped private sector are barriers to fighting South Africa’s top killer disease, tuberculosis – especially in children.
Stigma, and an unequipped private sector are barriers to fighting South Africa’s top killer disease, tuberculosis (TB) – especially in children.
When Angelina Grab was two-years-old she had a fever, started sweating at night and losing weight. Her mother, Johannesburg-based Janet Grab, immediately took her to her paediatrician.
“She didn’t look well so we kept going back to the paediatrician, we’re fortunate to have medical aid. But we kept on looking for an answer. We were sent to a cardiologist and the tests came back clear.
“Our paediatrician sent Angie for a chest x-ray and blood work and it was then we discovered she had TB,” said Janet.
It took about two months for Angelina to be diagnosed with TB – which does not seem long but could have …Continue Reading