Open day for new mothers

2016-11-15 06:00
Staff from the MOU at their information table.  PHOTOS: samantha lee

Staff from the MOU at their information table. PHOTOS: samantha lee

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The local health department has hosted yet another awareness drive to promote baby health.

The provincial health department, in conjunction with UWC occupational therapists and other stakeholders, held an information open day at the Town Centre Library last Tuesday.

The open day was held to further promote the department’s First 1000 Days project.

Provincial Minister of Health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Albert Fritz, provincial Minister of Social Development, launched the First 1000 Days campaign in February to raise awareness of how crucial the first thousand days of a child’s life are.

“We believe that the healthy early development of a child, and the wellbeing of the mother, are the responsibility of the community. It takes the whole village to raise a healthy child,” says Mbombo in a statement.

Staff from the local midwife obstetrics unit (MOU) also held a talk on breastfeeding, general nutrition and the benefits of early booking. The staff took the opportunity to dispel myths about child care and delivery.

The mothers were urged to breastfeed for at least the first six months of a child’s life to ensure optimal growth.

Other exhibitors provided information on family planning, nutrition, testing and general health.

V For more information on the First 1000 Days project visit www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/first-1-000-days-campaign.

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