December 15, 2015
Rheumatic fever campaign meeting target
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the $1 million spent on this year’s national rheumatic fever awareness campaign was money well spent.
An independent evaluation found about 95 per cent of the target Maori and Pasifika audience had seen or heard the campaign and had a good understanding of the issue.
He says it had good alignment with other rheumatic fever prevention activities, such as targeted sore throat drop-in clinics, school based services, healthy homes initiatives, and Pacific engagement services.
The latest national figures show a 24 per cent decrease in first episode rheumatic fever hospitalisations since 2012.
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