Highest record of babies born with FAS disorder found in Western and Eastern Cape


The highest numbers of babies who are born with foetal alcohol syndrome disorder are found in the Western and Eastern Cape.

World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day held on Saturday highlighted the dangers of mothers drinking while pregnant.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Howard Manyonga says South Africa recorded incidents of foetal alcohol syndrome at 14 times higher than the global average.

He also stresses the importance of mothers not drinking during their pregnancies and should be honest with their doctors if they decided to continue drinking.

“In the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, the rates are much higher than the national average. However, the conditions that affect all areas of South Africa and indeed all sections of society, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in higher socioeconomic state or lower socioeconomic state.”