Ministry of Health launches treatment manual for health workers
THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services launched the 4th edition of the Paediatric Standard Treatment Manual on Friday March 17 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, acknowledged 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 Centre for Child Health, University of Melbourne.”
Dr Jilini further stated 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 centres, 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 Centre for International Child Health, University of Melbourne.
Professor Duke said 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 Immunisation (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 concluded his remarks during the launch assuring that UNICEF will continue to provide support not only improving newborn care but areas such as immunisation, 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.