The Minister has set the Ministry of Health a new target effective 1 January 2013. It is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the smoking cessation programmes, especially in pregnancy.
This means LMCs have an opportunity to demonstrate their effectiveness by demonstrating they are active and effective in encouraging pregnant women to stop smoking.
At the same time, MOH requires some additional data to be collected at the time of registration. Fortunately, the additional requirement is minimal.
All the details will appear in the next issue of Tall Poppies.