World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day commemorated in Khayelitsha

Media Advisory:

On Wednesday 9 September, at 09:09am, the world will commemorate the annual World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day. This is a day for creating awareness amongst expectant mothers to avoid the use of alcohol while pregnant. At 09:09am Bells will ring across the globe, in every time zone, to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

FASD is fully preventable, but yet it continues to be a serious health issue in the Western Cape due to women continuing to consume alcohol during their pregnancy. Children with FASD have physical abnormalities, neurological problems, behavioural and learning problems.

Minister Nomafrench Mbombo will join Khayelitsha residents at the local Maternal Obstetrics Unit, to address expectant mothers and the broader community on the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy.

Media is invited to attend.

DATE   : Wednesday, 09 September 2015

TIME    : 09:00

VENUE: Khayelitsha CHC, Site B, Corner of Lwandle and Bongo street (next to Kayelitsha Shopping Centre – Across BP Garage) (Khayelitsha Day Hospital)

 

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.