Fight against diarrhoea intensifies

2019-11-14 06:00
University of Cape Town medical students during a health promotion session at Langa clinic.

University of Cape Town medical students during a health promotion session at Langa clinic.

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With “diarrhoea season”, setting in parents and caregivers at Langa Clinic were taught how to deal with this illness.

A group of fourth-year medical students from the faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted a health promotion session at the clinic.

The students had an interactive session about how to manage diarrhoea which was aimed at parents who bring their children to the clinic.

According to one of the students Ameerah Ebrahim the clinic identified the disease as an important cause of child mortality, especially during the summer months.

She said the presentation was made up of important information about the causes, prevention and treatment of the disease in children.

“Everyone was able to participate in the session by answering questions and a demonstration on how to make oral rehydration solution was shown which was emphasised as being the simplest yet effective treatment of diarrhoea,” she said.

Ebrahim added that the session was enjoyable for everyone and was a success because parents left confident that they will be able to deal with their child when they have diarrhoea.

“We were grateful for the opportunity to help the community and hope they can help reduce this disease,” she said.

Patricia Ncamile, who facilitated the session, said awareness is crucial during diarrhoea season. She called for information to be passed to people to prevent unnecessary deaths and dehydration.

Ncamile said it is very important to equip the community because they will know how to handle the disease when it affects their children.

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