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08 September 2008

Kids need vitamin A, says Manto

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang called on parents and caregivers on Monday to take children to public health facilities for vitamin A drops.

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Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang called on parents and caregivers on Monday to take children to public health facilities for vitamin A drops.

Children aged between one and five years were at risk of suffering from vitamin A deficiency, Tshabalala-Msimang said at the launch of a National Vitamin A campaign at the Dumane Clinic in Vosloorus.

She said a 2005 National Food Consumption Survey revealed that vitamin and mineral deficiency still existed in the country.

"Children between the ages of six months to five years must be taken to clinics every six months to receive their dose."

Children aged between one and five should be taken to any of 15 000 clinics, crèches, mobile clinics and shopping malls for immunisation. "Vitamin A prevents blindness and is vital for child survival. It also reduces death from measles by 50 percent and death from diarrhoea by 40%," said Tshabalala-Msimang. - (Sapa, September 2008)

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