South Africa: Women schooled on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

South Africa has joined other countries worldwide to create awareness on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

This is ahead of the 9th September 2018 observed as the International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Day.

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is the physical and mental damage in a child due to alcohol excesses.

Women communities like Bela-Bela, Limpopo have pledged to raise awareness on the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

The commitment is part of the 999 Campaign launched by the Social Development Deputy Minister, Hendrietta Bogopane on Saturday 1st September 2018.

During the launching ceremony, the Deputy Minister elaborated on the dangers of FAS. She further noted that government has pledged to support pregnant women and girls fight this phenomenon.

Babies with this syndrome usually suffer from learning and development disabilities, bone and joint deformities and tend to have an antisocial behavior.

According to the Deputy Minister “If you start drinking alcohol at the age of eighteen, you need ten years to clean it out of your system. This means that alcohol resumption at a young age has long-term and irreversible effects. A person’s brain stops growing at the age of 25 years”.

Due to the high preventive nature of the FAS, South African Women are on the offensive to educate pregnant women and girls.

To fight this situation, the community has proposed that liquor outlets should not be located near school campuses.

They also complained that the local municipality does not effectively enforce municipal by laws, regarding to the issuance of liquor licenses.

According to research published by the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research, South Africa has topped the number of births with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Sonia Teyou (Intern)

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