News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Heated Call To Move To Prevention Of Spina Bifida

New Zealand CCS Media Release

It’s now time to move from compensation to prevention of spina bifida – or risk more claims in the future, says New Zealand CCS President, Lyall Thurston.

“Government has known for 10 years that the incidence of spina bifida and other neural tube defects can be reduced by up to 70 percent through mothers-to-be taking a B-group vitamin, folate, through diet or a supplement,” said Mr Thurston.

“Yet we’re still waiting for a public health campaign,” he said.

“We applaud Government’s provision of support for children with spina bifida of veterans exposed to Agent Orange. However lack of action over prevention continues to cost individuals born with neural tube defects, their families, and the health and welfare system significantly - medically, economically, personally, socially and emotionally.

“And any woman is at risk – there does not have to be any indication of neural tube defects in previous generations.”

CCS’s folate awareness lobby is gathering heat, with a “call to action” supported by major health, women’s and child-related groups around the country.

“Enough is enough. We see the serious effects of neural tube defects every day. This is a public health issue and Government should be made to take responsibility - now.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>