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Dept boosts school health plan


The programme was also aimed at curbing social ills, such as teenage pregnancy

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THREE-hundred pupils from three different high schools in the Pixley ka Seme District yesterday received school uniforms, sanitary towels and dignity packs from the Northern Cape Department of Health.

The MEC for Health, Fufe Makatong, visited Phakamisa High School, Willie Theron Primary School and Orion High School as part of strengthening the School Health Programme in the Province.

Department spokesperson Lebogang Majaha said the visit formed part of a programme where the department tried to address access to health services for pupils.

“The MEC is committed towards rolling out this campaign to other districts in an effort to improve children’s health and to reduce health barriers to learning, as well as supporting pupils to stay in school.

“During the visit, pupils were screened for nutritional needs as well as dental needs. The target group for the School Health Programme is the entire population of pupils, including pupils with special needs. The service is tailored according to the different developmental stages of childhood and specific health needs in various communities and schools.”

Majaha added that the programme was also aimed at curbing social ills, such as teenage pregnancy.

“School health programmes have an important role in ensuring that the Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3, which focus on achieving universal primary education and eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education, are achieved. Intensifying the sexual and reproductive health campaign and will greatly assist towards combating HIV and Aids, and reducing maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy rates.

“The effective monitoring and evaluation provides government with an opportunity to address potential deficiencies that might have a negative impact towards achieving key targets set over the years. It also assists in planning and generating credible evidence for rational decision-making in the delivery of services to communities.”

– Benida Phillips