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Child mortality rate increasing in SA

2011-09-20 07:31

Johannesburg - The number of South African children who die every year, many from preventable diseases, is increasing, according to a newspaper report on Tuesday.

The New Age reported that the country was far from its target of reducing child mortality by two thirds by 2015, according to the latest Millennium Development Goal (MDG) report.

The report revealed that South Africa is one of 12 countries in the world where the number of children under the age of 5 who die each year has been on the rise.

"The rate of child mortality in this country is unacceptable. We have introduce a number of measures to deal with this challenge," Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's spokesperson Fidel Hadebe told the newspaper.

"These include deployment of a team of medical specialists... to every district in the country," he said.

Statistics indicate that 75 000 children under the age of 5 die in South Africa every year, of which 23 000 die in the first four weeks after birth.

Comments
  • Swart_Baas - 2011-09-20 07:42

    one of the many anc achievements, not.

      ray - 2011-09-20 08:27

      And they still think they can run the NHI-billions also spent on education but the worst literacy results in Africa.

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-20 09:59

      Cant even run a tummy

      scipio - 2011-09-20 10:07

      The anc are a total disgrace. They are happy to preside over this appalling waste of life. One day history will judge them and the outcome will be that the greatest shame they carry is the fact that the anc turned their back on their own people. The weakest were left to drown in their own crap by voting for a lie.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-09-20 10:14

      Infant mortality and life expectancy was better in 1992 than it is today. The measure of inequality (the gini coefficient) was better then than now. What has the ANC accomplished? Nothing.

  • IcemanGP - 2011-09-20 07:43

    Well firstly, stop having so many!

      GTA_Lad - 2011-09-20 08:01

      But its their culture isnt it? These are the foot soldiers of the revolution are they not? Mother Nature can be so counter-revolutionary! Haha

      Valis - 2011-09-20 08:21

      Who wants to bet the other 11 countries are also in Africa?

      Ingie - 2011-09-20 09:13

      Oh what cr@p...culture so cik of that WORD..where does one draw the line with culture..we also have cultures but do we abuse/use it..no

      Ingie - 2011-09-20 09:14

      sorry should be sick not cik

  • Tarux123 - 2011-09-20 07:46

    isnt this proof enough already that something is drastically wrong with the way this country is being run?? im not saying ill be able to do a better job but this is insane. the economy dropped badly once again, murder, rape, hijacking, breaking and entering, death, poverty, Malema, everything that is bad is going through the roof. our police stations are up to crap, i dont even want to go into detail with the last 3 times i had to go there to TRY and get some form of assistance. seriously this country is going downhill! some miracle has to happen and soon!

  • IcemanGP - 2011-09-20 07:51

    It's apartheid's fault.

  • GTA_Lad - 2011-09-20 07:59

    bla bla bla, and they still do nothing but talk

  • Felix - 2011-09-20 07:59

    There are still people who throw their kids in long drops and rubbish heaps. Perhaps a little education and some community services could help, but that would mean some work and less bacon for the fat cats, so I guess it won't happen.

  • Skietlood - 2011-09-20 08:01

    The child mortality rate in civilized countries is forever on the decrease due to medical advances. Except in SA. We have the medical technology at our disposal, but not competent people to utilize it!

  • Mart - 2011-09-20 08:01

    I would like to know how many of these infants who die every year are born into a monogamous 2 parent with less than 2 sibling 'family'. Therein, Minister of Health, lies your challenge. Treat the cause and not the symptoms! Educate the men of this country that our women and girls are not our playthings. Teach them that parenthood comes with huge committment and responsibility. Give women their bodies back and give them better access to free contraception and sound family planning advice. Increase tax on those who parent more than two children and give tax breaks for those that undergo voluntary sterilisation in a controlled environment.

      L-H - 2011-09-20 09:13

      I agree with what you are saying except that we have 4 children, take very good care of them, they are not a burden to SA in any way (private school, medical etc). So please explain why we should pay even more tax? Furthermore, the people who have more children than they can afford are generally not those who pay any tax at all.

  • Thingamebob - 2011-09-20 08:09

    Every bit of corruption helps, every big fancy car helps, we are going to get our population down by whatever method that we can, viva ANC

  • ProudlyWhite - 2011-09-20 08:17

    That is shocking!! 75000!!! I'd like to know how many of the 75000 is from a serious desease, and how many is from medical neglect!

  • Speakersonder - 2011-09-20 08:35

    But then the culture of the country is to model young boys into men through mountain schools, rapists increase stability, unwanted pregnancies, inocent babies die. ANCYL Jally Ass has no council for the poors, on a hunt for his grand papa Mzilikazi's mine (did he have one?). We need a solution...

  • Badballie - 2011-09-20 08:37

    SO OTHER THAN VERY GOOD SCHEME'S TO DEFRAUD THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY OUT OF TRILLIONS OF RAND WHICH IS NEVER RECOVERED AND NEVER WILL BE WHAT HAS THE ANC ACTUALLY ACHIEVED IN THEIR 18 YEARS OR FREE REIN. NOTHING.....THAT'S WHAT I THOUGH, THEY HAVE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO LEAD US BACK DOWN THE ROAD TOWARDS THE MIDDLE AGES.

  • BOFFINBOB_RETURNS - 2011-09-20 08:40

    "The rate of child mortality in this country is unacceptable. " No the birth rate is unacceptable !

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-09-20 08:45

    Mother Nature , she is wekking

      Ingie - 2011-09-20 09:15

      YES wekking by opening the legs!!! and by the male not accepting NO!!!

  • 50something - 2011-09-20 08:46

    This is very very sad. When is the ANC going to learn that by throwing money at the problem, they are not going to solve the problem?

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-20 10:01

      Actually money never reaches the target Ask the Swazis

  • Bill - 2011-09-20 08:47

    ANC you should hang your head in shame at every turn.....You’re a good for nothing bunch of buffoons incapable of anything...!

  • Durbsdude - 2011-09-20 09:01

    Add murder to that list.

  • ian b - 2011-09-20 09:06

    Thank you Manto and Thabo and the ANC for supporting them you are responsible

  • Ingie - 2011-09-20 09:13

    Well then a BILL should be implemented for not more than 2 children per family then this wont happen..too many kids, too many sick people that cant look after their own. I feel Zulch...sorry..enough is enough and govt should draw the line here to stop children from suffering. Most whites have only 1-2 children the rest most have between 3&6...so of course they will suffer no money, no food, children die plain simple English. Instead of the secret bill pass a population bill of only 1-2 children per household..!!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-09-20 09:28

    I just love the ANC when it comes to things like this!

  • Ingie - 2011-09-20 09:32

    in South Africa every year, of which 23 000 die in the first four weeks after birth. WHY BECAUSE THE MOTHER HAS AIDS AND CANNOT SUPPORT HER CHILD, TAKE CARE ETC AND THEN THE CHILD HAS AIDS TO..BUT THEY STILL HAVE MORE AND MORE KIDS

  • Wasp - 2011-09-20 09:35

    More babies die in state hospitals every year than all the so-called freedom fighters during apartheid. Makes you think.

  • kalabafazi - 2011-09-20 09:41

    75 000 children in one year. Less people die every year in Afghanistan and that's a frikkin war zone!!

  • Gavin Dingley - 2011-09-20 09:49

    No shortage of money to sort this out. Just a shortage of honest politicians, who are more interested in raping the system (and women in the case of the President), than in sorting out the problem.

      scipio - 2011-09-20 10:33

      Ah zuma, the president. What a sad plight this country finds itself in. who the hell voted for this idiot? Ah, the black masses. so the idea that if you vote for something like jacob zuma to run this country things will go well? nah. It was a recipe for disaster. and when hes replaced? the black masses will just change him with another dickhead. So it goes on. Im afraid there is very little that can be done.

  • teenbeauty - 2011-09-20 09:50

    I don't see what the problem is here...

  • jen - 2011-09-20 10:02

    Child mortality, violence, child rape, failed education system, teenage pregnancies, corruption by our government, joblessness. Failed promises. All sky rocketed. We should cry for our beloved country.

      scipio - 2011-09-20 10:27

      To cry for south africa wouldnt help im afraid. To try and educate seems to fail too. I really think there is no answer. The black race doesnt see childcare as a real priority. Its just how they are now and have always been.

  • scipio - 2011-09-20 10:02

    when you have a race of people that not so long ago sacrificed children, even ate them in some areas of africa, its not surprising child care still isnt much of a priority. When a taxi driver packs them into death wagons like chickens on the way to slaughter, when child rape is an every day occurence, im afraid not much will change. its in the genes.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-20 10:37

    Spawn of satan

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-09-20 10:45

    Who is in charge?

  • Melinda - 2011-09-20 11:06

    this is a case where these kids mom's are most proberly 18 years old. like the afrikaner will say EEN KIND PROBER N ANDER KIND GROOT MAAK,

  • mabsie - 2011-09-21 00:53

    And in this country there is FREE health care for these children? Whats going on?

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