South Africa launches health test campaign

Tuberculosis, HIV and other diseases place unhealthy strain on South Africa's medical system.

    The South African government will test thousands of miners for tuberculosis over the next year, prompted by an alarming rate of disease among the industry.

    Gold mining is of particular concern because it has been linked to silicosis, an incurable lung disease that increases vulnerability to tuberculosis.

    There are also more than five million people living with HIV in South Africa, more than anywhere else in the world, putting even more strain on an already struggling public health sector.

    Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Carletonville, South Africa.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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