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Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi launches MomConnect for pregnant mothers

A new cellphone based application, MomConnect, is expected to register all pregnant women in the country for a "SMS" service which provides information and advice on pregnancy, as well as a channel to notify the department about poor service.

Minister Motsoaledi launched MomConnect, yesterday at the Soshanguve Multipurpose Community Centre. The minister said the messages will advise them on what to do at any stage of their pregnancy and also encourage women to start antenatal care at an early stage.

"We will say mom, since you registered with us you are now 13-weeks pregnant. This is what you must do, this is where you must go and this is what you must avoid. Even after the birth of the baby, we will continue to send the messages for the period of one year. The messages will include advice on the baby, this is what you must do, this is what the baby must get (vaccines)," explained Minister Motsoaledi.

He said pregnant mothers will also be able to send messages to the department and complain or compliment the services received at health care facilities. "In a particular period, we will be able to know from here in Pretoria that in the past six months most of the messages that are bad were coming from a particular clinic. …We will know something is happening at that clinic because many pregnant women are complaining."

In preparation for the launch of MomConnect, the department, through the help of development partners, trained 10 300 health workers nationally to assist pregnant women to register. "In the coming weeks, every health facility in the country will have at least one person who is trained and whose job will be to assist and register pregnant women," the minister said.



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