UNICEF donates Digital Weighing Scales and BP Monitors for children to the Ministry of Health

This equipment complements the work of the Ministry in determining children dosages and monitoring their response to treatment.

Nonhlanhla Hleta-Nkambule
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01 June 2020

UNICEF donated 120 digital weighing scales and 300 pediatric Blood Pressure cuffs to support children exposed to HIV and those that are HIV positive to receive the correct dosage of treatment in line with UNICEF’s core commitment of realizing the rights of every child.

This equipment complements the work of the Ministry in determining children dosages and monitoring their response to treatment.  The BP cuffs will be used for screening non communicable diseases (NCDs) among children which has been noted as an emerging issue.  This equipment is key in delivery of quality child health care services and will benefit 120 health facilities across the country.

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Principal Secretary MOH Dr Simon Zwane using one of the Digital Weighing Scales after the official handover

UNICEF Representative, Dr Alice Akunga highlighted that ensuring corrective dosage of treatment for children and continuity of services for child health, remain a priority even during the COVID 19 pandemic crisis.   “If issues affecting children are not kept on the fore front, the effects, compounded with corona virus disease can be devastating for children”, emphasized Dr Akunga.

The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Simon Zwane lauded UNICEF for not losing focus on their mandate of caring for children as the country responds to the COVID 19 epidemic.  Dr Zwane further observed that UNICEF has proved to be a great partner to the ministry and the handover of the equipment is a reminder that the ministry is not alone in addressing child related issues.