Councillors should hand out condoms — Mkhize

2013-01-02 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize has urged ward councillors to distribute condoms in their communities to prevent diseases.

Speaking during a visit yesterday to five mothers who gave birth at Edendale Hospital on New Year’s Day, he said councillors must be in the forefront of fighting diseases and teenage pregnancies.

“Councillors should stop politicking and start working with communities in fighting diseases and teenage pregnancy. That will make the work of the department easier.

“People will come to hospitals knowing more about their health and what to do.”

He said women often hid their condition and did not consult health professionals until the pregnancy was at an advanced stage.

He urged councillors as a first step to distribute condoms to their communities and make sure that everyone in the communities knew who to talk to about health issues.

Ndabezinhle Sibiya, a spokesperson for the premier, said Mkhize was passionate about the community being involved in preventing disease, and councillors also need to play a role.

“Prevention is better than cure,” he was quoted as saying.

Provincial health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said he was concerned that teenagers were becoming single mothers as young as 13 years old.

“We need to find a solution to this. We cannot have teenagers becoming parents while they are children themselves.”

Dhlomo said he was happy to see the nurses at Edendale Hospital wearing white uniforms.

“This brings back the culture and dignity of the profession,” he added.

Nonzuzo Mabaso (19), of Taylor’s Halt, is the proud mother of Anikwa who was born at 12.05 am yesterday. She said she was happy to have a New Year baby. “This is my first child. I am happy to have her. Even though I am a single mother, this is a blessing,” Mabaso added.

More than 40 babies were born in the province yesterday, 23 boys and 17 girls.

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