Good bowel screen test re­turn

The Southland Times - - News -

The Na­tional Bowel Screen­ing Pro­gramme in the South­ern dis­trict has seen a 68 per cent re­turn rate – that’s 6 per cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age, the South­ern Dis­trict Health Board says. Since the pro­gramme was launched in April, more than 14,000 home bowel test­ing kits had been sent out. It was heart­en­ing to note that 76 per cent of the kits sent to Maori res­i­dents had been com­pleted and re­turned, ‘‘which is an ex­cel­lent re­sult in terms of pro­mot­ing eq­ui­table health out­comes for Maori liv­ing in the dis­trict’’, a DHB spokesper­son said. The over­all suc­cess was at­trib­uted to a high level of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

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