Fund­ing boost for health

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - NICOLE LAW­TON

Health or­gan­i­sa­tions are wel­com­ing news of an $875,000 in­jec­tion into Auck­land DHBs to com­bat stub­bornly high rheumatic fever rates - ex­cept one who says more should be done.

The Govern­ment an­nounced on Mon­day that al­most a mil­lion dol­lars will be split be­tween three Auck­land DHBs, whose rates of the dis­ease failed to fall, de­spite a $65 mil­lion na­tion­wide pre­ven­tion scheme in­tro­duced five years ago.

But Child Poverty Ac­tion Group said while the an­nounce­ment was great, the money should be spread among other poverty-based dis­eases as well.

‘‘The Govern­ment needs to be look­ing at the big­ger, broader pic­ture,’’ said spokes­woman Nikki Turner.

‘‘Rheumatic fever isn’t our only ma­jor health is­sue. We have have ma­jor heath is­sues with some­thing called bronchiec­ta­sis, chronic lung dis­ease of young chil­dren who are left with it for the rest of their lives, we also have enor­mous prob­lems with skin in­fec­tions.

‘‘Rheumatic fever is im­por­tant but we

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