Media has been strongly criticized for trying to hide that South Africa has won an award USAID-TB International Award. Many took to Facebook to criticize SA media after the news were revealed in a statement written by the ANC following its NEC meeting. No local newspaper had reported the news.
“The NEC congratulates the Minister of Health, Comrade Aaron Motsoaledi on receiving the USAID-TB Award in recognition of South Africa’s leadership in the global fight against tuberculosis,” read ANC statement.
Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi received the USAID-TB award in recognition of his leadership in the global fight against Tuberculosis as well as championing bold South Africa’s and regional initiatives in the screening, treatment and prevention of TB; TB/HIV co-infection and MDR-TB.
Motsoeledi Minister who is also the Chair of the Stop TB Partnership, challenged all countries to intensify the fight against TB.
“It is time for the world to treat tuberculosis with the same urgency it demonstrated in responding to major new health threats like Ebola and the Zika virus.” said Motsoeledi.
“Do not evoke the emotions, passion, urgency and requisite activism that the world has seen in all other epidemics. TB as a disease in the last 200 years killed more people than the major epidemics, Ebola, malaria, HIV itself, small pox, bubonic plaque, influenza and cholera all added together.” Motsoaledi said.
It has been revealed that TB is kills more than 1.4 million and infecting 8.5 million people globally.
Motsoeledi appealed to all leaders of the world, heads of state and governments, heads of major institutions, religious leaders, activists, academics, major world blocs like the BRICS, EU, G7, G20 and the AU and indeed the UN General Assembly itself to put TB on the agenda like they did with all the major pandemics that have beset the world thus far.
Concerns have been expressed about the rise of people diagnosed with arthritis and other related diseases in South Africa. Arthritis commonly affects adults nearing their 60s but trends show that this might no longer be the case. There are indications that arthritis diagnosis on people just above 50 are on the rise.There are treatment options for arthritis available on the market. Medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to patients living with arthritis. This group of drugs interferes with body chemicals known as prostaglandins, which are responsible for pain, inflammation, and fever. Some NSAIDs are available without a prescription for relief of pain and fever at your local drugstore, including ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. There are also many other prescription NSAIDs available, such as celecoxib (Celebrex), ketoprofen (Orudis), naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox), piroxicam (Feldene), and sulindac (Clinoril). Prescription doses of NSAIDs also curb inflammation.