More than 130 children visited Royal Glamorgan Hospital (May 6) to promote the importance of taking prescription medicines properly.
According to The World Health Organisation 40% of prescription medicines are not being taken properly or being stockpiled. To help encourage the correct use, storage and disposal of prescribed medicines the health board and artis community came together for a joint initiative with primary school children from Maes-y-Coed, Gwauncelyn, Bodringallt and Ysgol Santes Tudful as well as Y Pant Comprehensive school, and took to the drawing board to create an awareness raising poster campaign.
Esther Thomas, Service Director for Schools and Community who was at the event said: “It is incredibly important that children who have to take prescribed medication, such as asthma pumps, learn from an early age how to manage them responsibly.
“This project has helped raise awareness of that, as well as the dangers of not taking medication properly“.
Deputy Mayor Barry Stephens who was also at the event said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the school children and find out more about the ‘Your Medicines, Your Health’ campaign.
“As a previous teacher and head of art and design I was very impressed with the children’s work. They have been very creative and done exceptionally well”.
The poster will be displayed in local schools, community pharmacies, hospitals, surgeries and many other public places.