KARACHI- Doctors have recommended inclusion of Chlorhexidine the essential drug list to facilitate countering infections among newborn in the country.
Making situational analysis of risk factors the newborn of the country are exposed the speakers at a session held Tuesday mentioned that afterbirth Asphyxia is contributory to 39.5 % of all deaths among neonates while Sepsis causes 20% of all infections.
These were cited to be easily preventable through efficient administration of safe medicines to the target population.
The event was addressed by the representatives of government health authorities, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID and different NGOs.
Dr. Asif Aslam of UNICEF mentioning that 65 % of all deliveries in the country are conducted by untrained midwives who generally fail to ensure Cord Care Practice leading to high incidence of Sepsis induced deaths among Newborn.
“Keeping in view the factual situation it would be appropriate to include Chlorhexidine in the essential drug list (EDL) of the country,” he said.
Dr. Sahib Jan, Program Manager of Maternal, Neonate and Child Health emphasized need of trained mid wives across the country.
“Meanwhile attention is needed to ensure that the drug, as an essential component is readily available in the Kit bag of Lady Health Visitors (LHW) and Mid wives (MNCH),” she said.
Other participants of the session also urged the government to ensure that Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) may take relevant measures facilitating preparation of this essential drug locally.
Dr. Laila Rizvi from Health Foundation said availability of this drug should be ensured throughout Pakistan.
Dr.Esmael Memon from LHW program, Dr.Kamran Zaman from MCHP (US-AID), Dr. M.Suleman from TRF, Tripdhvi from UNFPA, Dr.Sara Salman from WHO, Dr.Ishaq from Mercy Corps were also among other participants of the program.