COVID-19 has ravaged the Eastern Cape, claiming more than 11 000 lives in the province. At the same time, tuberculosis remains a huge problem.
The TB survey conducted in 2018 found the disease present in 737 out of every 100 000 people. Statistics from 2015 shows the Eastern Cape to be the province with the highest prevalence of TB.
And now a sharp increase in infections in the Ntabankulu area of the province has raised a red flag.
Ntabankulu is nestled in the rural heartland of the Eastern Cape. But despite its natural beauty, poverty bites deep here. Infectious diseases like TB also run rampant.