Childsafe Centre opens at CT hospital

The centre was built at a cost of R6,5 million with Woolworths being one of the major donors.

FILE: The centre was built at a cost of R6,5 million with Woolworths being one of the major donors. Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital's trauma unit chief on Thursday said careless household mistakes are leading to severe child injuries which sometimes result in death.

A new Childsafe Centre, which aims to educate caregivers, opened its doors at the facility on Thursday.

The centre was built at a cost of R6,5 million with retail giant Woolworths being one of the major donors.

Not strapping children in car seats, leaving poisonous liquids or matches lying around the house and unenclosed swimming pools all lead to serious child injuries and even death, the centre said.

Childsafe's Sebastian van As says, "The centre with its safety charts on the walls will be used to educate people, especially caregivers.

"South Africa compares very poorly with other countries. We were in big need of a centre like this."

Woolworths Chief Operating Officer Sam Ngumeni says the retailer decided to contribute to the project as it would benefit many communities.

"One of the focuses of our trust is reducing child vulnerability."