We have four – with your help we could make it more!
Unfortunately our existing buses are fast approaching their use-by dates. We currently have four buses in the Auckland and Northland regions and we’ve recently leased one in Canterbury to meet the increasing need for our services in the post-earthquake environment. We’d love to expand our fleet of buses (Wellington and Hamilton are top of the list) - however, it’s difficult enough to fund the maintenance expenses, let alone find the $55,000 it will cost to replace those beyond repair.
Birkenhead Plunket’s Beach Haven clinic will be getting an upgrade thanks to Ray White Beach Haven’s ‘House of Dreams’ community project. Over the last year the property management and real estate firm, along with a number of sponsors and volunteers from the community, have been hard at work renovating a house in Beach Haven. BNZ, our principal sponsor, has also contributed by offering an interest-free loan and low mortgage repayments on the property.
PlunketPlus – the new electronic client information system that will enhance the way Plunket nurses work – is now being tested externally with our clients. A group of 10 nurses and health workers are testing PlunketPlus in two Auckland suburbs – Sylvia Park and Otahuhu – and have a current workload of approximately 4,000 clients. Every child seen will have their information recorded electronically via the use of a mobile tablet device.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed that, on the basis of information to hand, there was never a food safety risk associated with any Karicare products made with whey protein concentrate (WPC). This includes all of Nutricia NZ Limited's Karicare Infant Formula. MPI has received results confirming that products containing WPC manufactured by Fonterra, including all Nutricia Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 and Karicare Gold + Follow-On Formula Stage 2 products, are not and never were contaminated with Clostridium botulinum and pose no risk to consumers of contracting botulism.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett was here at Plunket yesterday to launch a new digital game developed by young dad and former Vodafone World of Difference recipient Josh Briggs.
The Peek-a-boo app is a play on the well known game and allows you to upload your own images to use during the hide and seek game. Developed in conjunction with Ministry of Social Development, Plunket and Vodafone, the game is available for download on Google Play store now.
The Plunket Rooms in Campbell St have closed this week until a detailed engineering evaluation can confirm whether the building is earthquake safe. Wanganui Plunket Area Manager Jo Malcolm-Black says that since the Christchurch earthquake, building safety has been a priority for organisations across the country. “The safety of our staff and clients is a top priority for Plunket and we have commissioned an engineering report for the Campbell St rooms to help us to determine whether this is an appropriate site.
The Acting Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today issued a revised Statement under the Food and Animal Products Acts regarding the precautionary recall in New Zealand of two Nutricia Karicare infant formulas. The revised statement shows that the precautionary recall now only applies to 900g cans of Nutricia Karicare Stage 1 Infant Formula (0-6 months) and Nutricia Karicare Gold+ Stage 2 Follow-on Formula (from 6 months) produced between 21 May 2013 and 2 August 2013 inclusive. Acting Director-General Scott Gallacher says this means batches of those products manufactured outside of those dates are now not affected by the precautionary recall.
Plunket will be providing regular updates on the precautionary recall of some Nutricia Karicare products. Only two lines of Nutricia Karicare infant formula have been recalled as they may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. What is included in the recall?
The latest information from the Ministry for Primary Industries, as of midday Monday 12 August, is that there has been a narrowing of the infant formula recall information.
Parents and caregivers are starting to ask Plunket why they can’t just give their babies cows’ milk instead of formula. Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson says that in days gone by, milk was given to babies under 12 months of age but it is no longer recommended. “International evidence now shows that whole cows’ milk is not suitable for babies under 12 months of age because it contains higher levels of protein and salt than are safe for babies immature kidneys.
Plunket says that the confusion that parents and caregivers have been experiencing regarding the current situation of potential contamination of infant formula appears to be slowly abating. Brenda Hynes, Plunket General Manager of Service Delivery says calls to PlunketLine are beginning to slow after a peak on Monday. “On Monday we had a 400% increase in calls and yesterday that reduced to a 220% increase.