The Ministry of Health and Medical Services launched the 4th edition of the Paediatric Standard Treatment Manual on Friday 17th of March in Honiara.
The manual provides important guidelines on the treatment of children and newborns with diseases that occur commonly in Solomon Islands. The Standard Treatment Manual is the most widely used paediatric reference in the country, and is used at all levels of the health system.
Speaking at the launch, Under Secretary of Health Care, Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Dr. Gregory Jilini, acknowledges the effort and commitment of those involved in the development process of the manual and the funding support.
“It is with great pleasure that I convey the Ministry’s acknowledgement to the Maternal Child Health Department, MHMS and the paediatric department at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) for successfully reviewing and updating the standard treatment manual to its 4th edition. I wish to also register the Ministry’s appreciation for the funding support from UNICEF that has greatly provided the technical assistance from International Center for Child Health, University of Melbourne”.
Dr Jilini states that this updated version is very important as it will bring more confidence and certainty to health workers at every level from the National Referral Hospital, provincial and faith based hospitals to area health centers, rural health clinics and nurse aid posts when receiving children and newborns at the health facilities.
“This 2017 version contains information on new treatments and new vaccines that were not available in 2009, and will help health workers in remote provinces provide the best treatments for sick children and newborns,” explained Professor Trevor Duke from the Center for International Child Health, University of Melbourne.
Professor Duke says that the Centre for International Child Health is very pleased to have partnered with UNICEF Pacific in supporting MHMS and the NRH Paediatricians with the development of the manual. “It is a milestone for the country, and along with the training of more paediatricians and specialist child health nurses will greatly improve the health of children.”
Meanwhile UNICEF’s Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) Specialist, Dr. Ibrahim Dadari stated that UNICEF is delighted to have provided the funding support. “This is because UNICEF’s core mandate is ensuring child survival and protecting the rights of all children; which includes newborns.”
He assured in his concluding remarks that UNICEF will continue to provide support not only in improving newborn care but areas such as immunization, nutrition, Integrated Management Childhood Illnesses.
“Because all contributes to reducing neonatal, infant and under 5 mortality that is in line with the priorities of the national health strategic plan 2016-2020 and the national development strategy 2030 of the Solomon Islands government,” said Dr. Dadari.