Neutropenia, is a side-effect of cancer treatment that makes a child very susceptible to infections, therefore food safety is very important and take-aways must be avoided during this time. It is best described in 4 categories:
|Wash hands and kitchen surfaces often.
Rinse fruit and vegetables
Keep bags off the
Keep refrigerator and fridge clean.
– don’t put raw food and cooked meals together in
Separate raw meat and vegetable from other foods in the fridge.
Use different cutting boards for meat, fish, chicken and other fresh
|Cook all meats, chicken and fish until well done.
Fish must be cooked until flesh is opaque and
Eggs must be cooked until yolk and whites are
firm, not runny.
|Refrigerate all fresh
meats, dairy, fruit and
vegetables within an
hour after buying.
Defrost all food by
leaving it overnight in the fridge, and NOT outside at room temperature.
Left-over meals can be put in fridge for 3 days but must be reheated to boiling temperature before eaten.
Thank you for supporting us this Mandela Day
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
Mandela Day, a day the United Nation chose to honour the late President on his birthday. Instead of celebrating his birthday to honour him, Madiba called on the people of the world to honour him by helping their communities.
We had an incredible day with so many generous people sharing their valuable time with us across our CHOC regions. Thank you to everyone who spent the day with us! It is never too late to share the hope, give what you can by visiting this this link: https://choc.org.za/food-for-thought/
Thank you to everyone involved, including:
CHOC Northern Region shares with you:
“A single mother of a three year old boy diagnosed with Retinoblastoma reported that she never expected so much generosity when they started treatment. Having three children and being unemployed is the most devastating thing one can go through. As a family they only depend on child support grant to meet their financial needs. However, with the help from CHOC in the form of a food parcel, she is able to provide for her children.
She has stated that she is now able to focus on her child’s recovery. The journey is very long and she appreciates the helping hand that she receives from CHOC and the hospital”.
Bonginkosi Masuku, CHOC Child and Family Support Counsellor – Steve Biko Academic Hospital.