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Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:02 - Updated Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:02

SADC experts analyse TB problem in mining areas


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Luanda – Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)’s experts are gathered in Luanda since this Monday morning to analyse and prepare the agenda for the Extraordinary Joint Meeting of Ministers of Health, Mining and Employment.

The joint meeting will have as main point of analysis a document entitled “SADC Declaration on Tuberculosis in Mining areas”.

Speaking to the press, before the start of the activities, the spokeswoman of the event, who is also co-ordinator of the National Programme on Tuberculosis, Maria Palma, said that the mentioned document is a diploma that serves as a regional guide for the management and reduction of diseases in the mining sector in SADC region.    

She went on explaining that tuberculosis is a serious problem in the region, with the mining sector being one of the most affected ones by this illness.

“In mining area there are huge amounts of dust, which contain silicon dioxide, a product that is hazardous to the lungs (…)”, she explained.

She also revealed that TB cases in mining areas of the SADC region are more worrying in countries like South Africa, due to the high level of development of its mining sector and influx of foreign manpower.

The joint ministerial meeting will happen on Thursday, in the Talatona Conventions Centre, in Luanda.