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Lack of data and research on TB infections in the mining sector causes concern

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There is a need to improve data and research on TB infections in the mining sector in the SADC region, which is said to be a serious concern.

These were among the remarks made by stakeholders at a workshop on the first operationalization plan for the SADC Heads of State and Government Declaration on TB in the mining sector.

In 2017, estimated figures indicate that over one thousand TB cases were recorded within Namibia's mining sector, while Botswana recorded the least infections.

The SADC Region accounts for 70% of tuberculosis cases on the continent.