Extreme Sun Not Good for Children

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

A medical doctor at Sekgoma Memorial hospital, Dr Lesedi Ncuna has warned that children should not be exposed to extreme sun.

Dr Ncuna argued that due to their soft and semi-developed skin, children were most susceptible to the sun’s damaging effects than grown-ups. Rush and skin cancer, he said, were some effects of sunburn, though he noted that skin cancer was not common in Botswana.

As children were prone to experience diarrhoea, he said their exposure to sun would exaggerate dehydration (water loss in their body). Dr Ncuna was speaking during the handing over of shelter and coughing spot donated by 13 nursing students of Serowe Institute of Health Services to Serowe nutrition clinic on Friday.

The 13 completing students, Dr Ncuna said their efforts would allow young children to enjoy or play without being affected by sun when visiting the facility. On other issues, he said aised the community to practice tuberculosis (TB) measures such as good ventilation and practice safe coughing.

Sekgoma hospital principal registered nurse, Kago Montwedi aised the community to always cover their mouths when coughing. Ms Montwedi aised that individuals should cover their mouth with a tissue when coughing to avoid germs on the hands or alternatively use the elbow to cover the mouth.

Head of the nursing department for Serowe IHS, Ms Tiny Noke said the students’ gesture was a reflection that they would improve the lives of the communities they were going to serve.

She thanked those who supported the students to archive their goal of building a shelter and coughing booth.

Speaking on behalf of the nursing students, Ms Neeraj Yadav said the month of children is a call to all to renew their commitment to the children, and reminded people that children build sound and g nation.

She said children need respect, special care and protection hence they built a shelter that would benefit them and their caretakers when they visit the clinic.

The student explained that the shelter would allow children to play without harmful exposure to sun. They are not spared from TB hence they donated coughing spot to be used by the children and other patients.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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