Health Minister launches Child Health Week

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pretoria - In a further effort to reduce the number of deaths of children under the age of five in South Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will launch National Child Health Week later today.

The minister, joined by Limpopo MEC for Health and Social Development Seaparo Sekoati, will launch the week-long campaign in Giyani, in Limpopo.

National Child Health Week will focus on children under the age of five, particularly in rural areas and informal settlements, who have missed out on the crucial immunisation programmes of the Department of Health.

The department will also offer de-worming medication and administer Vitamin A. It is important that children to get their Vitamin A dose and de-worming every six months until they reach the age of five.

"Regular immunisation, Vitamin A supplementation, de-worming and growth monitoring improve overall child survival and contributes in the reduction of deaths from childhood illnesses such as meningitis, measles and diarrhoea," said the department