Improved child assessment and treatment introduced

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A set of guidelines to help save the lives of our young children was launched at the National Referral Hospital Tuesday last week.
Called the Paediatric Emergency Standard Treatment Algorithms and Guidelines (PESTAG), it will act as a standard guideline tool to assist doctors and nurses in the Emergency Department to urgently deal with sick children that need immediate assessment and treatment.
A statement from the National Referral Hospital said the guidelines were authored by Dr Coen Butters from the Melbourne Centre for International Child Health in collaboration with the Departments of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine.
Its launching was made possible through the financial and technical support offered by UNICEF.
UNICEF’s Expanded Programme of Immunisation Specialist, Dr Ibrahim Dadari, said UNICEF is pleased to celebrate the launching of the booklet as one of the agency’s core focus areas is in ensuring child survival.
“While Solomon Islands remains one of the Pacific Island Countries with the highest under five mortality of roughly 27 children per 1000, be rest assured of UNICEF’s continued support in not only improving new born care but also in the areas of immunisation, nutrition, and the integrated management childhood illness,” Dr Dadari said.
Dr Dadari also acknowledged that great work undertaken by health workers over the last year in developing the guidelines.
dr-titus-nasi-head-of-paediatrics-speaking-at-the-launch-of-the-standard-treatment-algorithHe said UNICEF is keenly looking forward to the roll out of the booklets to the provincial hospitals.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Referral Hospital Steve Aumanu said the guide is a product of positive collaboration and cooperation between the National Referral Hospital, Melbourne Centre for International Child Health and UNICEF.
Dr Aumanu explained that the guide will be disseminated to provincial hospitals and clinics to support doctors and nurses further afield than the capital city.
Paediatrician at the National Referral Hospital, Dr Titus Nasi said this is an exciting occasion for the department as plans to develop the guide began in 2015.
“We are excited to see our plans become a reality and believe the guidelines will go a long way in helping to save the lives of our young children,” Dr Nasi said.