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Despite a focussed National TB Control Programme since the early 1990’s, South Africa remains amongst the top 20 countries in the world with the highest absolute number of TB patients as well as a high TB incidence rate. In addition, TB remains the leading cause of death albeit in declining proportion from 8.3% in 2014 to 6.5% in 2016 (STATS SA 2016). In the latest report on COVID and co-morbidities (SA STATS, 2020), TB is still ranked as the no 1 cause of death in 6 provinces and the overall leading cause of death for males all ages. Thus, in South Africa, TB remains a disease “hot spot”. Fuelled by the rise in HIV prevalence, the number of TB cases increased from 68,027 (187/100,000) in 1989 to over 400,000 in 2009 at the height of the HIV-epidemic. Since then, TB numbers have steadily declined to reach 209 000 reported cases in 2020. However, we still rank amongst the few countries worldwide with the triple burden of TB, TB co-infected with HIV and Drug resistant TB. Drug resistance strains are estimated to be at 3.4% of new and 7.1% of previously treated TB cases. (WHO Global TB Report, 2020). It remains every health care practitioner’s duty to integrate the diagnosis, care and management of TB in their clinical know-how and expertise.
All doctors and professional nurses who are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of TB patients.
On achieving this course, a learner will be able to:
This is an interactive online tuition course with some self-study components developed by experts in the field. It consists of 10 modules with self-assessment MCQs after each module.
The following is included in this course:
Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of an online multiple-choice (MCQ) questionnaire.
To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should complete the MCQs and pass with a cumulative mark of 70%.
Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 25 Clinical CEU’s on Level 2.
R 3 200.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable).
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