Con­sci­en­tious mum

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Can­nons Creek mother-of-four Elena Isaako is proud her chil­dren are among hun­dreds of lo­cal Maori and Pa­cific young­sters who are fully im­mu­nised for their age.

Porirua Union and Com­mu­nity Health (PUCH), where the Isaako fam­ily is reg­is­tered, re­ceived an award last week for ex­ceed­ing the na­tional im­mu­ni­sa­tion tar­get for chil­dren un­der two.

‘‘Ev­ery time I come to do the kids’ in­jec­tions the nurse al­ways re­minds me when the next one is and en­cour­ages me to bring them in. It’s re­ally help­ful for the kids and for their safety [from ill­ness],’’ Mrs Isaako said.

‘‘For me, as a mum, I want my kids to be well and to get bet­ter quickly. I see sto­ries on the news [about im­mu­ni­sa­tion], it’s a big thing. It’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter my kids and do the right thing.

‘‘It’s good to en­cour­age other fam­i­lies to do it, es­pe­cially Pa­cific fam­i­lies. I don’t want my kids to suf­fer later on if I’m not do­ing my job,’’ she said.

Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board im­mu­ni­sa­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tor Helen Hart­ley said PUCH’s suc­cess is down to ‘‘the pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with the com­mu­nity that they serve’’.

‘‘ We’ve not only met the na­tional av­er­age, we’ve ex­ceeded it. It’s ex­cel­lent news for Porirua. It’s very im­por­tant for this area be­cause we have had a dis­par­ity in the past and now we’ve man­aged to close the gap.

‘‘In real terms, it means fewer ad­mis­sions into hos­pi­tal for im­mu­ni­sa­tion pre­ventable dis­eases.

‘‘ Elena’s fam­ily is a great ex­am­ple for oth­ers. She’s fully im­mu­nised her fam­ily and we hope oth­ers will con­tinue to do the same,’’ she said.

Happy and healthy: The Isaako fam­ily of Can­nons Creek, clock­wise from top, Dena, mum Elena, Lua­fulu, Lisi and Esau, have all been im­mu­nised at Porirua Union and Com­mu­nity Health and en­cour­age other Pa­cific fam­i­lies to do the same.

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