A child’s health has 3 components: Antenatal Care (ANC), Immunization & Hygiene
What everyone should know about ANC:
- Go to the clinic as soon as you think you might be pregnant. Visiting the clinic will help to ensure you get the antenatal care you need and will also ensure that mothers who have HIV/AIDS get additional support.
- Throughout your pregnancy, make sure you keep attending the visits to the clinic as advised by your health worker. All pregnant women need at least 4 prenatal care visits to help ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy .
- Pregnant women need rest, healthy meals and multiple nutritional supplements to make sure their babies have proper physical and mental development.
- Make the necessary preparations that will allow you to give birth at a hospital. This will also help to ensure that your baby’s birth is registered.
- The health and survival of a newborn depends on a healthy and well rested mother, clean home environment, loving family, extra care and attention.
ImmunisationWhat everyone should know about immunisation:
- Children under five need several immunizations to keep them healthy. Ensure that you get all the necessary immunizations once your baby is born;.
- A child that is not immunised has a higher chance of becoming sick, disabled or undernourished; and could possibly die.
- It is safe to immunise a child that has a minor illness, disability or is malnourished.
- Make sure your child has a health passport and keep up to date with their next immunization.
- It is very important to keep yourself, your child and your environment clean.
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the toilet or changing nappies and before preparing food.
- Keep food and water well covered once it is out in the open
- Avoid open defecation, build latrines (toilet) where possible.