Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 2:
Concerned over the death of infants in the state, the Odisha government’s Health department has decided to come up with an action plan to curb death of newborns and proper management of their treatment.
The decision was taken at an all-important meeting held here on Tuesday to identify the reasons behind the death of infants and find ways for its elimination.
Officials from the Health department, pediatricians from government and private hospitals and office bearers of Indian Pediatricians Association racked their brains on the issue at the meeting chaired by principal secretary Health Arati Ahuja.
Strengthening of treatment of children at the three government-run medical college and hospitals and district headquarters hospitals in the state was stressed at the meeting.
Special arrangements will be made in ambulances carrying children to referral hospitals. Level-3 care will be available to pediatrics patients in the three government medical college and hospitals.
This apart, newborn care corner, stabilization unit and Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) will be made available at all district headquarters hospitals.
In another important decision taken at the meeting, the Health department, with the assistance of Indian Pediatric Association and Newborn Federation, will make efforts to boost the morale of pediatricians working in the state’s rural areas.