Kids wanted for free health tests

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Get­ting health checks done for 4 year olds in eastern Porirua is a chal­lenge for Chris Rice and the Plun­ket team.

Ear­lier this month they were at Wai­tan­girua Health Clinic, con­duct­ing the free checks, as­sess­ing chil­dren’s teeth and gums, height and weight, hear­ing, vi­sion and de­vel­op­ment.

It is the last Plun­ket health check be­fore they go to school.

‘‘It’s com­pre­hen­sive, can take 45 min­utes to an hour so it’s very thor­ough and very im­por­tant for chil­dren.’’

Eastern Porirua is des­ig­nated a ‘‘high need’’ area, as not enough fam­i­lies get their young ones checked, Ms Rice said.

‘‘It’s find­ing the chil­dren, that’s the prob­lem. We have a tran­sient pop­u­la­tion . . . we rely on kinder­gartens and early child­hood cen­tres to keep in touch with us. .’’

Seven- year- old Braden Wil­loughby was given a thor­ough check by Ms Rice and her col­leagues on Novem­ber 8.

His dad Den­nis said he would ‘‘100 per cent rec­om­mend’’ par­ents get the B4 School Check done to en­sure their child is healthy.

The B4 School Check team is based at the Wai­tan­girua Health Cen­tre twice a month and ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day Creek.

Phone 238 2796 to make an ap­point­ment.

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Health check: Braden Wil­loughby, 7, from As­cot Park, gets his height and weight mea­sured by Chris Rice from Plun­ket.

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