Foetal alcohol syndrome still destroying communities

Monday marks International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day.

Monday marks International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Heath Department officials say awareness around foetal alcohol syndrome is crucial as it traps communities in a cycle of poverty.

Monday marks International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day.

Impoverished, rural communities and farms in the Western Cape have among the highest incidents of the syndrome in the world.

The Department's Melany Kühn said they are working closely with NGO's to educate, especially women, in these communities on the dangers of drinking while pregnant.

"Foetal alcohol syndrome is 100 percent preventable but it's also 100 percent incurable so it's important people know about this before they even start drinking while [they are] pregnant."