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South Africa: More Pregnant Women are going to Clinics
Source: Issued by: Gauteng Health
Source Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 15, 2012

Despite the achievement the department continues to encourage mothers to immediately go to a clinic when they suspect that they are pregnant so they can be tested and healthcare provided to them and their unborn babies.

“We are making a call for more pregnant mothers to come in first 20 weeks as that will assist them to identify pregnancy related complications and ensure that they give birth to healthy children,” the department’s spokesperson, Simon Zwane.

To further ensure quality healthcare delivery to pregnant women, the province has also initiated 76% of antenatal women on AZT.

Also noted between July and September 2012 is an increase in the number of women who delivered within health facilities from 95% between April and June 2012 to 97% between July and September 2012.

The department intends to continue with education programmes that will ensure that women present at facilities in time in order to reduce pregnancy related complications.

Simon Zwane
Cell: 082 551 9892
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