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Workshop held at Himalayan Hospital on reducing mortality rate of newborns

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By Our Staff Reporter 

DEHRADUN, 22 Aug: A one-day hands-on workshop was organised by the doctors of the Department of the Pediatrics, Himalayan Hospital, under the “First Golden Minute” programme of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and the National Neonatology Forum. Inaugurating the event, Principal and Dean, Prof Ashok Deorari, said, “If we are able to provide breath artificially in the first minute of the baby’s life, then the mortality rate of infants will decrease.”

Hands-on, simulation-based and small group training, supplemented with quality improvement techniques, are ideal ways of skill training for healthcare workers, which was done at the workshop. Under the leadership of Head of Department of Pediatrics Dr B P Kalra and lead Instructor Dr Surendra Singh Bisht from Delhi, 37 people were trained in the methods of providing care to neonates not breathing at birth. It was attended by health care workers from Baleshwar, Srinagar Medical College, and Dehradun, which included nursing staff, gynecologists and pediatricians. Dr Alpa Gupta, Dr Anil Rawat, Dr Rakesh Kumar, Dr Vishal Kaushik and Dr Chinmay Chetan were the trainers.

It was emphasised that, after birth, if the baby does not breathe immediately there would be lack of oxygen, which may have lifelong consequences and, hence, breath should be provided within the first minute of birth to achieve optimal outcome and ensure survival of the neonate.