'Don't admonish sexually active youngsters seeking advice'

2016-07-06 14:37
Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

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Cape Town - The KwaZulu-Natal health department has warned health care staff at a brand new clinic in Dannhauser not to admonish the young people who go there for advice about their sexual health.

"Those children who come to the clinic are responsible enough to do something about their reproductive health. If we chase them away, they will come back a few months later pregnant," Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said at the opening of the Verdriet Clinic in Dannhauser.

He sounded a warning over the link between pregnancies in the 15 to 24 age group, "sugar daddies" and HIV, and urged people who could not abstain to get dual protection - female contraception and condoms - from the clinic.

His comments come after the Uthukela Municipality in the province came under fire for offering "virginity bursaries" to try and get young girls to abstain from sex with older men.

The clinic, which was opened on Tuesday, is considered to be one of 10 "Ideal Clinics'' in the Amajuba District, which visitors might know better for its tours of historics battlefields sites, and bird watching.

The clinics are committed to starting on time and closing when the last patient leaves, as well as being properly staffed and equipped and with well stocked medicine cupboards.

Now the town of Dannhauser had one too, but it must be put to good use, said the MEC.

"Let this clinic not be a decoration. I call upon you to ensure that when you find time, make a stop at the clinic and ask nurses to give you a health screening," he  said.

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