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Health care officials urged to offer contraceptives to everyone

Sunday 1 January 2017 17:56

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Gauteng has recorded over 120 births on New Year's Day.

Gauteng has recorded over 120 births on New Year's Day. (SABC)

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC S'bongiseni Dhlomo has called on hospital staff not to judge young people who visit health centres for family planning programmes.

Two 16-year-old mothers have delivered New Year babies in the province.

Sixty-eight babies were welcomed into the world in the province.

Dhlomo has called on medical personnel to assist young people who inquire about pregnancy prevention.

“Let us not discourage teenagers who actually, probably are not really abstaining and are coming to our clinics and say ‘I'm not abstaining anymore, I have a relationship but I don't want to fall pregnant’. What we do for those teenagers? We create programmes, a very strong programme that is called ‘Youth User Friendly’ in our clinics. So, when our nurses are asked not to be judgemental to our children when they come into the clinics asking for injections; asking for family planning programmes; please let’s provide."

Meanwhile, the Gauteng Health Department has urged new mothers to ensure their babies are immunised.

Gauteng has recorded over 120 births on New Year's Day.

Health Spokesperson Steve Mabona, says, “What we want to put an emphasis on is that the mothers … the MEC has congratulated them and to say, they need to not forget that immunisation is quite important because our primary healthcare has a responsibility to make sure that immunisation which will then lead to a healthy life. All the babies will then grow healthy.”

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