Umbalical cord care and mismanagment

Interview By Sana Gul

Worldwide pakistan,s infant mortality rate is very high its been third in this rank.

Newborn care n hygiene

According to World Health Organization WHO essential newborn care are as.

1.thermal protection e.g: promoting skin to skin contact between mother and newborn.

2.hygienic umbalical cord and skin care.

3.Early and exclusive breast feeding.

4.Assessment for signs of serious health problems or need of additional care e.g low birth weight,sick or have HIV infected mother.

5.preventive treatment
e.g:immunization BCG and hepititis B,vitamin k and ocular (eyes) prophylaxis.

umbilical cord n care mismanagement is one of the cause of infant mortality so Pukhtun Nama arranged an Interview With Child specialist at Mardan Medical Complex (MMC) Dr. Wagma Shams on This Issue

She talked about umbalical cord hygiene n care .”umbalical cord hygiene n care is very important because it is like an open window for germs to enter the body of a newly born baby .there are lots of malpractises in our society about umbalical cord care .some put termeric on it and think it is very benefical for it ,others apply some oil.All these practises are very dangerous because it lead to very fatal disease called “tetanus”.and mortality rate of tenanus is very high. It is a preventable disease by good umbalical cord hygiene and care. Yesterday i had my emergency duty i recieved a baby with full bloon tetanus while taking history i ask about umbalical cord care after birth they replied that they apply some kind of banaspati ghee on cord.i was like ooooh ,it is sooo pathetic .i only want to make aware the public that please donot apply any home made totka on umbalical cord. It is very serious issue .it can take the life of newborn”.

She suggested that “According to WHO we can apply 7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate ( it is avalible with different trade names in pakistan) on umbalical cord in ist week of life of newborn. Apply it once daily for 7days”.

Sana Gul has interviewed MsWagma Shams.

Click on the link below to listen the interview in Pashto: