MEC for Health com­mends CCG’s

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE num­ber of preg­nant women who at­tend clinics dur­ing their first twenty weeks of preg­nancy has in­creased from 40% to 72% in the past three years.

This is ow­ing to the won­der­ful work done by Com­mu­nity Care Givers (CCG) through­out the province.

This was re­vealed by the KZN MEC for Health Dr Si­bongiseni Dhlomo, dur­ing the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of Queen Nandi Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day last week.

He said this helps health care pro­fes­sion­als to be able to de­tect more un­der­ly­ing ail­ments such as HIV, hy­per­ten­sion, can­cer and oth­ers which may pose a threat to preg­nant women and to their un­born ba­bies.

‘As part of their health ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mo­tion work, the Depart­ment’s 10 200 CCGs visit homes through­out the province. They also screen women and girls aged 15 and older for preg­nancy.

‘Those who test pos­i­tive for preg­nancy are urged to visit a health fa­cil­ity where they are then booked for ante-natal clinics. This preg­nancy screen­ing pro­gramme was in­tro­duced in 2015.

‘When we started with this cam­paign, only 40% of preg­nant women were com­ing for­ward dur­ing this pe­riod; now it is 72%. This is an amaz­ing story be­cause it gives us a very pos­i­tive out­come.

‘If those moth­ers have any other ill­ness and a need for any treat­ment, we are able to in­ter­vene much ear­lier.

‘That’s why trans­mis­sion of HIV from the mother to the baby has been so sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced,’ he said.

Dhlomo said the province has man­aged to re­duce the rate of mother-to-child trans­mis­sion of HIV from 20% in 2008 to the cur­rent just 1,2%. Queen Nandi Re­gional Hos­pi­tal is ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to the care of ob­stet­ri­cal, gy­nae­co­log­i­cal and neona­tal pa­tients, and with 369 beds the hos­pi­tal av­er­ages about 8 000 de­liv­er­ies, and per­forms some 2 000 gy­nae­co­log­i­cal surgery pro­ce­dures per year.

MEC Dhlomo speak­ing dur­ing the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of Queen Nandi Hos­pi­tal Muzi Zin­c­ume

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