National List MP based in Mana, Hekia Parata, welcomes the new rheumatic fever prevention programme launched today at Holy Family School in Porirua.
In a campaign to stamp out the disease, Prime Minister John Key and Associate Health Minister and Māori Party co-leader Tariana Turia visited the Porirua East school to launch the throat swabbing programme.
“Porirua has the highest rate of rheumatic fever cases in our children nationwide and I am really pleased that this campaign focuses on practical preventative action,” says Hekia Parata.
The prevention programme provides throat swabbing services to local schools; promotes awareness of rheumatic fever among children and their whānau / aiga / families in high risk areas; and develops and maintains relationships with other health and social service providers to facilitate referral and support.
“The Government is committed to effective proactive healthcare to give our children the best chance of a healthier life. The Government with the Māori Party, will spend $24 million to help significantly reduce rheumatic fever in vulnerable communities and I am pleased that Porirua will benefit from this programme.”
The preventative programme targets areas where children are most vulnerable in Porirua, Northland, South Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Lake Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay communities.
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