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Juliet suffered from both XDR-TB and streptococcal meningitis and had lost all hope of recovery

Juliet suffered from both XDR-TB and streptococcal meningitis and had lost all hope of recovery
Publication date: 
Nov 2020
Authored by Care Ministry, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape that is supported by the USAID TB South Africa Project.

 

Juliet Mohamed lives within the catchment area of Chatty in Sub District C of the Nelson Mandela Bay Health District. She was diagnosed with Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in April 2018 and was thereafter referred to the Care Ministry DOT support programme. On initial registration to the Care Ministry Juliet was bedridden and unable to walk about due to complications of streptococcal meningitis which causes acute inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Juliet used to be a businesswoman and earned a living through baking, draping and assisting with events but could no longer work due to her illness. She was severely depressed and had lost all hope of recovery.

The Care Ministry team comprising of a DOT supporter, nursing supervisor and social worker initiated numerous interventions. Day by day the team visited Juliet to ensure that she adhered to her medication and to offer encouragement and motivation. The nursing supervisor ensured a high standard of medical management particularly considering her meningitis complications alongside her DR-TB. The social worker offered intensive therapeutic services to both Juliet and her family members in the house to reinforce the ongoing support she required. The Care Ministry is immensely proud to report that Juliet is cured of XDR-TB. She is healthy and mobile and back to working for herself. She is even motivated to become a TB ambassador in her community to motivate others on their journey to health.

 

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