Ndwendwe, Bogopane Zulu: Today marked the fifth leg of the nine day long 9-9-9 campaign against Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). 9-9-9 stands for 9 consecutive days in 9 provinces leading up to the 9th day of September, which is International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day.
FASD is a leading source of non-genetic developmental and intellectual disability globally and is usually associated with primary and secondary disabilities. The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified South Africa as having the highest reported prevalence of FASD in the world.
Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, also visited the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District to raise awareness on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) programme.
FAS is aimed at preventing pregnant women from drinking alcohol while pregnant as it has detrimental consequences on unborn babies once they’re born.
Pregnant learners from schools in Alabama, mothers who’s children fell victim to FAS, and community members formed part of the programme to conversate with the DM and share knowledge of their experiences.
World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Day is commemorated each year at nine minutes past nine on the ninth day of the ninth month to draw attention to the fact that women should not drink alcohol while pregnant.
Deputy Minister of Social Development said, “Women who drink alcohol while pregnant will be charged under the Section Child Abuse.”
Reportedly, citizens and residents are not satisfied with the decisions. While expressing their views, one of the users said, ” Not fair, what about men who drink when they impregnate a woman.”
Many citizens are thinking of changing the govt and thinking to vote against the current administration. As Jahguide Heyman said, “Vote ANC 2024 with the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC North West Provincial Chairperson Cde Patrick Dumile Nono Maloyi.”