Youth must make use of user friendly local clinics

2019-02-21 06:01

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, the provincial minister of health, marked Sexual and Reproductive Health Week, showcasing adolescent-and-youth-friendly-services(AYFS), offered at a number of clinics in the province.

The AYFS programme commenced in April 2017 with at least 24 healthcare facilities and it offers a range of services to the youth.

According to the provincial government adolescents face many barriers to accessing health services, and AYFS addresses these by making services more attractive to young people and retaining them within care to support ongoing needs as they develop into adulthood.

“With the emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, we want to highlight sexually transmitted infections and condom awareness among the youth,” said Mbombo.

Through the programme she said they managed to make health more accessible to youth.

“I would like to encourage our young people to make use of our youth-friendly clinics. There are some clinics which have a dedicated youth clinic after hours to accommodate school-going youth,” said Mbombo.

She says the aim of the programme is to reach as many adolescents girls and young women for two years in the Mitchell’s Plain/Klipfontein health sub-district.

“Using protection not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it also prevent you from contracting diseases like HIV/Aids and STIs. We encourage the youth to get tested for HIV/Aids and STIs.

Knowing your status gives you the power to prevent the spread of diseases and to protect yourself,” said Mbombo.

Last week, provincial minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, marked Sexual and Reproductive Health Week showcasing adolescent- and youth-friendly services (AYFS) offered at a number of clinics in the province.

The AYFS programme commenced in April 2017 with at least 24 healthcare facilities. The programme offers a range of services to the youth. According to the provincial government adolescents face many barriers to accessing health services, and AYFS addresses these by making services more attractive to young people and retaining them within care to support ongoing needs as they develop into adulthood.

“With the emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, we want to highlight sexually transmitted infections and condom awareness among the youth. The Western Cape Government Department of Health wants to emphasise the importance of using protection when having sex. This is necessary to protect yourself and your partner against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).“Through the programme we manage to make health more accessible for the youth. I would like to encourage our young people to make use of our youth-friendly clinics. There are some clinics which have a dedicated youth clinic after hours to accommodate school-going youth,” said Mbombo.

She says the aim of the programme is to reach as many adolescents girls and young women as possible within the catchment area of the Zimele Project. The project is designed to serve 20 000 young people, both in and out of school, and will run for two years in the Mitchell’s Plain/Klipfontein health sub-district.The facilities see on average 2000 to 5000 adolescents per month. Services offered range from sexual and reproductive healthcare including STI management and contraception, pregnancy testing, counselling and management, HIV counselling and testing among other things.

“Using protection not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it also prevent you from contracting diseases like HIV/Aids and STIs. We encourage the youth to get tested for HIV/Aids and STIs. Knowing your status gives you the power to prevent the spread of diseases and to protect yourself,” said Mbombo.

Last week, provincial minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, marked Sexual and Reproductive Health Week showcasing adolescent- and youth-friendly services (AYFS) offered at a number of clinics in the province.

The AYFS programme commenced in April 2017 with at least 24 healthcare facilities. The programme offers a range of services to the youth.

According to the provincial government adolescents face many barriers to accessing health services, and AYFS addresses these by making services more attractive to young people and retaining them within care to support ongoing needs as they develop into adulthood.

“With the emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, we want to highlight sexually transmitted infections and condom awareness among the youth. The Western Cape Government Department of Health wants to emphasise the importance of using protection when having sex. This is necessary to protect yourself and your partner against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).

“Through the programme we manage to make health more accessible for the youth. I would like to encourage our young people to make use of our youth-friendly clinics. There are some clinics which have a dedicated youth clinic after hours to accommodate school-going youth,” said Mbombo.

She says the aim of the programme is to reach as many adolescents girls and young women as possible within the catchment area of the Zimele Project. The project is designed to serve 20 000 young people, both in and out of school, and will run for two years in the Mitchell’s Plain/Klipfontein health sub-district.

The facilities see on average 2000 to 5000 adolescents per month. Services offered range from sexual and reproductive healthcare including STI management and contraception, pregnancy testing, counselling and management, HIV counselling and testing among other things. “Using protection not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it also prevent you from contracting diseases like HIV/Aids and STIs. We encourage the youth to get tested for HIV/Aids and STIs. Knowing your status gives you the power to prevent the spread of diseases and to protect yourself,” said Mbombo.

Last week, provincial minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, marked Sexual and Reproductive Health Week showcasing adolescent- and youth-friendly services (AYFS) offered at a number of clinics in the province.

The AYFS programme commenced in April 2017 with at least 24 healthcare facilities. The programme offers a range of services to the youth. According to the provincial government adolescents face many barriers to accessing health services, and AYFS addresses these by making services more attractive to young people and retaining them within care to support ongoing needs as they develop into adulthood.

“With the emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, we want to highlight sexually transmitted infections and condom awareness among the youth. The Western Cape Government Department of Health wants to emphasise the importance of using protection when having sex. This is necessary to protect yourself and your partner against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).

“Through the programme we manage to make health more accessible for the youth. I would like to encourage our young people to make use of our youth-friendly clinics. There are some clinics which have a dedicated youth clinic after hours to accommodate school-going youth,” said Mbombo.

She says the aim of the programme is to reach as many adolescents girls and young women as possible within the catchment area of the Zimele Project. The project is designed to serve 20 000 young people, both in and out of school, and will run for two years in the Mitchell’s Plain/Klipfontein health sub-district.

The facilities see on average 2000 to 5000 adolescents per month. Services offered range from sexual and reproductive healthcare including STI management and contraception, pregnancy testing, counselling and management, HIV counselling and testing, HIV prevention including pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV care, psychosocial support services, general health and well-being including general medical conditions.

“Using protection not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it also prevent you from contracting diseases like HIV/Aids and STIs. We encourage the youth to get tested for HIV/Aids and STIs. Knowing your status gives you the power to prevent the spread of diseases and to protect yourself,” said Mbombo.

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