Health day a suc­cess

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The mes­sage was clear: ‘‘If you have a sore throat, go and see the doc­tor.’’

So said Lee Pearce of Pa­cific Health, one of sev­eral health pro­fes­sion­als at Welling­ton Kinder­garten’s health day re­cently at Toru Fetu kinder­garten in Can­nons Creek.

About 25 chil­dren from the Pasi­fika home­based ser­vice Etu Ao at­tended the day, as well as ed­u­ca­tors and fam­ily mem­bers.

The 4- year- olds had their ‘‘ B4 School’’ health checks.

Other ser­vices in­cluded ear and hear­ing test­ing, throat swabs for rheumatic fever, and skin checks.

In­for­ma­tion about Pa­cific Health and so­cial ser­vices, den­tal health, nu­tri­tion and smok­ing ces­sa­tion and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices were also avail­able.

Etu Ao vis­it­ing teach­ers Ngaretta Strong and Lofi Kupa or­gan­ised the day for Welling­ton Kinder­gartens.

‘‘It was a re­ally suc­cess­ful day and it will be re­peated,’’ said Kupa.

She said pro­vid­ing trans­port to get the chil­dren to Toru Fetu was cru­cial in get­ting such a good turnout.

Strong said the day was also im­por­tant in rais­ing aware­ness about what ser­vices were avail­able, and in build­ing strong re­la­tion­ships with the agencies in­volved.

Pearce and her col­leagues from Pa­cific Health were check­ing on skin prob­lems, sign­ing people up for smok­ing ces­sa­tion pro­grammes and tak­ing throat swabs for rheumatic fever.

Pearce had other ad­vice for fam­i­lies want­ing to avoid the se­ri­ous con­se­quences of rheumatic fever, which can in­clude per­ma­nent heart dam­age.

Mii Wil­liams, a home-based ed­u­ca­tor with the Etu Ao ser­vice, at­tended with Seren­ity, a 2-year old she looks af­ter, and two 3-year-old chil­dren.

‘‘ It’s awe­some. Ev­ery child should be checked up,’’ she said.

She and oth­ers com­mended Welling­ton Kinder­gartens for get­ting parental con­sent forms or­gan­ised, be­cause many of the chil­dren were ac­com­pa­nied by their home-based ed­u­ca­tor rather than a par­ent, with many par­ents at work.

Fam­ily checks: Landa To­lai, Ace To­lai and their chil­dren, Matthias, 4, and Ne­vaeh, 3, at the health checks at Toru Fetu re­cently.

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