Gauteng improves maternal health

first_img10 February 2014The introduction of Kangaroo mother care – continued skin to skin contact between the mother and her newborn – to all hospitals in Gauteng that offer maternity services is one of the measures credited for the improvement of the child mortality rate, according to Hope Papo, Gauteng’s MEC for Health.Improved services for mothers and children has seen the mortality rate for children under the age of five drop 7.3 percentage points from 10.7% in 2006 to 3.4% in mid- 2013, Papo said in a statement issued to mark the start of Reproductive Health Month.Kangaroo mother care has been shown to prevent infections, promote breastfeeding, regulate the baby’s temperature, breathing, and brain activity, and encourages mother and baby bonding.Other measures to improve maternal and child care highlighted by Papo include the stepping up of school health services, training of health workers on integrated management of childhood illnesses, and a successful immunisation programme.Immunisation services are provided daily by all clinics and some hospitals in Gauteng, which is South Africa’s wealthiest province. The coverage of children under the age of five has “consistently been above the national target of 90% of all children in the age group”, Papo said.Maternal deathsThe rate of maternal deaths in Gauteng hospitals had also dropped, Papo said, attributing this to strategies implemented by the department to combat the HIV epidemic. The ratio of maternal deaths has decreased from 167.7 per 100 000 live births in between 2005 and 2007 to 145 per 100 000 live births for 2008 to 2010.Other contributing factors included the purchasing of 20 new dedicated obstetric ambulances, ongoing service training for doctors and midwives on essential steps in the management of obstetric emergency (ESMOE), and responding to recommendations of the “Saving Mothers” report.Improved services for mothers and children had also improved in the past two years, Papo said. Three out of every four new mothers are now visited at home within six days of delivery and approximately eight out of 10 pregnant women (80.5%) who are HIV-positive have been placed on long-term antiretroviral therapy.HIV-positive mothersPapo noted that although this is primarily intended to treat the mother, ARV therapy also prevents transmission of HIV to the baby.“In Gauteng, we have achieved 99% coverage of babies who are born of HIV positive mothers. In the year 2012/13, only 2.4% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers proved to be HIV infected when tested at the age of six weeks, a rate which is below the national target of 5%,” Papo said.He added that the department’s exclusive breastfeeding campaign was also assisting in increasing the number of healthy babies.Papo encouraged pregnant women to know their health status and that of their children: “The drive to encourage our people to know their health status will not only assist the department in its goal to reduce infant, child and maternal deaths but will also ensure that the mothers and their babies live a long and healthy life.”Women who think they might belast_img read more

Old Jammu to be developed as heritage city: J&K Deputy CM

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Monday said the government will develop the old areas of Jammu as a heritage city through a string of projects initiated for traffic decongestion, sanitation and cleanliness.Addressing a function organised in connection with the disbursement of old age and other pension cheques to beneficiaries of the East Jammu areas here, the BJP leader said the target was to divert over one crore visitors coming every year to pay obeisance at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine to the Jammu city.“This city (Jammu) has a legacy of splendid political, social and economic history and the present government is endeavouring to elevate its stature to the deserving level. This is being done through showcasing the rich heritage and at the same time developing it as a modern class city,” Mr. Singh said.Mr. Singh said numerous upcoming and completed multi-storey parking projects around historical old city are path-breaking steps towards restoring its pristine glory.He said these projects, including the upcoming ambitious general bus stand multi-facility centre, aim to give a new look to heritage bazaars like Kanak Mandi, Purani Mandi, Ragunath Bazaar and other adjoining areas.Mr. Singh said the ground work for starting the Tawi river front development project was in a full swing.Detailed project report“All technical and safety and flood protection issues are being included in the detailed project report (DPR) to ensure that it may not face the fate of many past projects which have been left halfway,” he said.Mr. Singh said the geological survey has already been completed and the work on the project would be started soon after the formulation of the DPR and completing other ground works.On the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister gave away pension and other assistance cheques to over 170 beneficiaries hailing from different parts of the old city.last_img read more

Familiar look: Top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16

first_imgDuke is the No. 1 overall seed, yet the Blue Devils are fortunate to still be alive after UCF had two shots for the win roll off the rim in the final seconds Sunday.“We had a lot of foul trouble, and we are young, and we’re not deep,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “but we’re good.”And now the Blue Devils (31-5) face a regional bracket in Washington that still has the top four seeds.Duke faces No. 4 seed and fellow ACC member Virginia Tech (26-8), a rematch from one of Duke’s losses during the nearly six full games that Williamson, the star freshman, was out with a knee injury. Yet the Hokies — in the tournament’s second weekend for the second time in program history — will have point guard Justin Robinson, who missed 12 games with a foot injury and didn’t play in that February win.Friday’s other semifinal will be No. 2 seed Michigan State (30-6) against No. 3 seed LSU (28-6) — which is still without suspended coach Will Wade amid a federal investigation into corruption within the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving WESTGonzaga, too, sits atop a 1-2-3-4 bracket.The Zags (32-3) had little trouble reaching a national-best fifth straight Sweet 16. Now they find themselves in a familiar scenario: playing Florida State in the regional semifinals for the second straight year.The fourth-seeded Seminoles (29-7) won last year’s meeting and have plenty of confidence after beating Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinals.“I thought they were really, really underseeded,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said, adding: “You have to beat really good teams to advance in this thing. So, we knew we were going to have to play somebody really good, and Florida State is no doubt that.”Thursday’s other semifinal in Anaheim, California, could be a rugged fight between No. 2 seed Michigan (30-6) and No. 3 seed Texas Tech (28-6). They’re the top two teams in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency ratings, with the Red Raiders first (85.3 points allowed per 100 possessions) followed by the Wolverines (85.8).SOUTHVirginia is finally free of its UMBC failure.The Cavaliers spent the year playing in the shadow of last year’s first-round loss to UMBC, the only 16-vs-1 upset in tournament history. And they were confronted with it again when they trailed No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb by 14 in the first half of Friday’s game.But Virginia found its steady, defensive-minded form after halftime , then beat Oklahoma to return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016. Google Philippines names new country director “You talk about trying to focus in and then getting down, it was real,” coach Tony Bennett said. “So I think those guys will have that as something they can always draw upon to say we faced a giant and battled through it.”Now Virginia (31-3) faces No. 12 seed Oregon, the only double-digit seed left in a heavyweight field, in pursuit of its first Final Four trip under Bennett.Thursday’s other semifinal in Louisville, Kentucky, has No. 2 seed Tennessee (31-5) meeting No. 3 seed Purdue (25-9) after eventful second-round games for both.The Vols survived in overtime against Iowa after blowing a 25-point lead to return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014. As for the Boilermakers, Carsen Edwards had a career-best 42 points in a rout of 2018 champion Villanova.MIDWESTTop-seeded North Carolina (29-6) leads a bracket that nearly went chalk, with No. 5 seed Auburn joining Oregon as the only surviving teams from outside the top 16 seeds.Yet the biggest question surrounding Friday’s games in Kansas City hovers around No. 2 seed Kentucky and PJ Washington. The Wildcats’ leading scorer and rebounder missed the first two NCAA games while wearing a hard cast on his sprained left foot.“I know this, he really wants to play,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said before a second-round win against Wofford. “But I also want to feel comfortable that if he gets on the court that there’s nothing he can do to himself, and the doctors have pretty much said that. So it’s just, ‘OK, when is it healed enough that he can go?’”The Wildcats (29-6) meet third-seeded Houston (33-3), which set a school record for wins when they beat Ohio State on Sunday.In the other semifinal, UNC looks to keep rolling when it faces the Tigers (28-9) — who peaked at No. 7 in the AP Top 25 in December, fell out of the poll, then had a late-season surge to win the SEC Tournament and blow out Kansas on Saturday. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gonzaga’s Zach Norvell Jr. (23) and Rui Hachimura (21) celebrate a score against Baylor during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)RALEIGH, N.C. — The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament.For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on Selection Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The last time that happened was 2009.The Atlantic Coast, Southeastern and Big Ten conferences gobbled up 12 of the 16 slots, with the ACC having a national-best five teams — led by top seeds Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — followed by the SEC’s four and the Big Ten’s three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHere is a look at the updated paths in each region to reach the Final Four in Minneapolis:EAST Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more