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You can choose your friends but you cant choose your relatives Neither can you choose your parents or your place of birth If you could any sensible foetus would choose at least twenty other countries to be born in rather then New Zealand New Zealands childrens needs are being seriously neglected This essay will challenge New Zealands performance in child health and welfare Looking at the widespread abuse of children the growing rate of violent youth crime and the effects of a damaged cultural environmentNew Zealand children are born with grossly unequal opportunities for health Professor Gluckman Prof Of paediatrics at the Auckland University School of Medicine said The state of our childrens health is not what it should be Relative to other comparable countries our children are sicker and get poorly treated About 200 children die in their first year of life in New Zealand who would not if they live in Australia or elsewhere in the Western world We admit children with diseases that should not exist rheumatic fever is rite TB still occursWere New Zealands children equal to the rest of the world we would not see such a high understaffing of paediatric services For example in New Zealand there is one paediatrician for every 3400 children whereas in the USA even with its much larger population there is one for every 1300 The simple truth behind this is that there is not an appropriate share of funds being assigned to child health Dr Liz Segedin a Paediatric Intensivist believes the limitations of the endlessly awaited childrens hospital in Auckland reflect the low status of childrens health in New ZealandTheyll be no specialised accident and emergency facility No specialised adolescent unit No intensive care unit Its really sadThis just reflects the national prioritiesChildrens services are disseminated all over AucklandAn alternative look at child health is the children who owe their misfortune to the habits of their parents Maternal drinking of alcohol smoking
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