POST TIME: 21 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Stress on ensuing health care of infants
BSS, Rangpur

Stress on ensuing health care of infants

Health experts at a roundtable discussion have stressed ensuring necessary health care of infants born preterm to reduce neonatal deaths for attaining the sustainable development goals. They came up with the opinion at the discussion arranged at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) auditorium with UNICEF assistance in observance of the World Prematurity Day 2019 on Monday afternoon. The day was observed with the theme of “Born too soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, at the right place.”

Presided over by Director of RMCH Dr. Md. Faridul Islam, health experts including pediatrics from different public and private hospitals of Rangpur attended the discussion. UNICEF Chief of field office for Rangpur and Rajshahi Divisions, Najibullah Hameem and Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Mostofa Khaled Ahmed addressed the event as invited guests.

Junior Consultant (Pediatrics) of RMCH Dr. Monica Majumder presented keynote essay focusing on preventing premature delivery related complications by ensuring care during pregnancy, childbirth and temperature maintenance of preterm infants through Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), infection prevention and control. An estimated 15 million infants are born preterm worldwide annually and one million of them die before completion of five years as incidents of preterm birth is increasing globally.

“Before completion of five years, over 23,000 children die of preterm birth complications in Bangladesh annually,” she added. Dr. Faridul Islam emphasized on integrating care of premature babies in the curriculum of service providers, including midwives, nurses and doctors. He stressed ensuring quality and regular care, check-ups and relevant interventions, including corticosteroid injections at least 48 hours before inducing delivery, to reduce side effects of premature birth.

Chief Health Officer of Rangpur City Corporation Dr. Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz stressed screening of premature babies and referral of unstable ones.

Dr. Mostafa said prematurity does not only bring sufferings to parents and family members, but also reduces productivity in the nation, due to investment of huge resources and time.

Divisional Director of the Department of Family Planning Dr. Delwar Hossain said fostering antenatal care and promoting institutional delivery are of essence to reduce premature birth and its subsequent consequences.

Najibullah emphasized knowing causes of premature births for preventing it and totally stopping child marriage which leads to early pregnancy.

Moderated by UNICEF Health Officer Dr. Nazmun Nahar, Civil Surgeon Dr. Hirombo Kumar Roy, Head of the Department of Pediatrics of Prime Medical College Dr. Chanchal Mondal, Consultants of Department of Pediatrics of RMCH Dr. Rawshan Ara and Dr. Zahidur Rahman addressed the event.