Training organized to save infants in the first golden minute

Indore: “ About 27 million babies born in India every year but unfortunately 1 million of them die within the first four weeks. The Neonatal Mortality Rate ( NMR) of India, i. e the number of babies dying within 29 days, per 1,000 births is a staggering 33, which is the highest in the world.” These views were expressed by senior officials of Indian Academy of Pediatricians ( IAP) while talking to media persons here, on Tuesday.

On the eve of inauguration of Pedicon- 2014, a oneday training programme, “ Neonatal Resuscitation Programme- First Golden Minute,” sponsored by Johnson and Johnson for the pediatricians, was held in which the experts gave training to pediatricians, who are taking part in the conference, on the steps to be taken to resuscitate the new- borns.

“ The first minute is very crucial in which the doctor could save a child. Out of total cases of neonatal mortality, about 1/ 3rd infants die in the very first minute due to hypoxia or lack of blood pressure and blood sugar,” organizing chairman of Pedicon- 2014, Dr Sharad Thora said. He further added that the IAP has been working to reduce the neonatal mortality rate along with the Union Government.

IAP chairman Dr Naveen Thacker said: “ It is a matter of grave concern for the lAP that every third newborn child dying in the world is an Indian. The Neonatal Resuscitation Programme has set an ambitious target of training 50,000 healthcare professionals about basic new- born care and resuscitation.” IAP president Dr Vijay ewale said that the Neonatal Resuscitation Programme has been one of the focus areas of the lAP in recent years. This year, Pedicon is being held in Indore as neonatal mortality rate in MP is higher than countries like Bhutan and Bangladesh. “ It is largely due to unavailability of skilled personnel and basic neonatal services during child birth,” he added.

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