Training on Comprehensive Child Survival program organised

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    Aligarh: The Department of Pediatrics, J. N, Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University organized a ten day State ToT (Training of Trainers) of Comprehensive Child Survival program (CCSP). The training was inaugurated jointly by Dr. S. P. Singh Lohta, Additional Director, Health and Family Welfare, Aligarh Division and Dr. U. K. Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Aligarh.

    Prof. S. Manazir Ali, Chairman Department of Pediatrics, JNMC explained the importance of Comprehensive Child Survival Program training resource centre. CCSP is a program based on WHO and UNICEF’s IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses) protocol, with an additional component of neonatal health.  The grim situation of Uttar Pradesh in terms of infant and Child mortality was also discussed by Dr. Ali.

    Dr. Manazir observed that about 105 lakh children die under age of five years every year in the world. This means more than 29000 every day, more than 1200 children every hour and more than 20 children under age of five years die every minute at a rate of one child dying every 3 second. In India 22 Lakh children die under age of five years every year in India. This means more than 6000 every day, more than 250 children every hour and more than four children under age of five years die every minute at a rate of one child every 15 second.

    Dr. Ali said that malnutrition is more common in India than in Sub-Saharan Africa. One in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India. Close to 50 per cent of Under 5 deaths occur in the first month and of the first month deaths, 2/3 of them occur during the first seven days of birth in India. Majority of the children die at home but have history of contacting health personnel once at least.

    The CCSP resource centre, established with the help of UNICEF and NRHM, is one of the two facilities in Uttar Pradesh meant for the training of medical officers. Following the training all medical officers will train health officials and paramedical staff in their respective districts.

    Dr. Javvad Suri, Divisional Coordinator, Health and Nutrition (UNICEF Representative) expressed his gratitude and expressed thanks to the faculty members of Department of Pediatrics, trainees and trainers.