Premature babies to get free therapy at GB Pant Hospital

Srinagar, Jan 13: Valley’s lone pediatric specialty, G.B. Pant Hospital has started free surfactant replacement therapy for newborn babies suffering with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS).
 Officials said G B Pant hospital is the first hospital in the country to provide surfactants free of cost to newborn babies.
 “Prematurity is a major contributor to burden of disease and death in our country. Respiratory distress syndrome, a condition reported to be in 6.8-14.1 percent of preterm live births, is the major cause of death in preterm babies. Thus there is a great need to decrease mortality and morbidity from respiratory distress syndrome among preterm babies,” said Dr. Muneer Ahmad Masoodi, medical superintendent G.B. Pant Hospital.
 Dr Masoodi said world-wide evidence suggests that surfactant replacement therapy and CPAP have significantly decreased mortality and morbidity in infants with RDS.
 “As we have already put in place bubble CPAP in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) six months ago, providing surfactants shall further reduce morbidity and death of preterm babies referred and admitted in G.B. Pant Hospital, Srinagar,” he said.
 He said that a large proportion of population in Kashmir is not able to avail surfactant therapy even though it was included in the WHO Essential Drug List.
 “So these expensive medicines are being provided free of cost to neonates under Janani Shishu Suraksha Karikram (JSSK) scheme of NRHM. Mothers at risk of delivering babies with less than 34 weeks (8 months) pregnancy should be given antenatal steroids. And for the infants who deliver at less than 29 weeks gestation outside of a tertiary centre should be considered for immediate incubation followed by surfactant administration after stabilization,” he added.
 Last year many infant deaths occurred at the GB Pant hospital evoking widespread protests and criticism over its functioning. Official inquiry had identified various factors including mismanagement, infection and lack of proper treatment for the infant deaths.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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