South Africa has one of the most serious TB epidemics in the world. A major TB epidemic in the pre HIV era has been followed by a rising number of TB cases as a result of HIV and TB co-infection. In addition there is now increasing resistance to some of the anti TB drugs.
JMH Maxwell Infectious Disease Ward – now 6 years old is a value added service to the health care sector. This specially designed, custom built facility for airborne diseases is the first of its kind in the Kwa Zulu-Natal private health sector.
Located on the first floor of Maxwell Medical Centre, the facility is conveniently situated in IC Meer (Lorne) Street within the Durban CBD. Although positioned alongside City Hospital, the facility is entirely separate from the hospital and has its own dedicated, controlled entrances and exits – critical factor for a facility that deals specifically with infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB). The Maxwell Infectious Disease Ward comprises 15 beds and is used exclusively for Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) Isolation. The facility was purpose designed to exact specifications with the direct input from the late Sidney Parsons, a TB facility design specialist at CSIR.