The National Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 in Children, developed through collaborative efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA), under the leadership of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSR&C), were launched here today, during a three-day National Training of Trainers.
The National Training of Trainers, attended by eminent doctors and professors, is the first of a series of trainings for Paediatricians, Family Practitioners and General Physicians from across the country. Further trainings will be held in various cities over the next few months.
“Continued isolation poses a real risk to our children not only in terms of their mental and physical health but also to their educational development,” said Dr. Atiya Aabroo, Deputy Director Programmes MoNHSR&C. “With ongoing discussions around opening of schools over next few months, it is pivotal to make all necessary arrangements and equip the physicians with adequate knowledge on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of CoVID 19 in children aged 0-18 years.”
The Guidelines which have been uploaded on the websites of the MoNHSR&C and the PPA, aim to help health practitioners caring for children, to acquire required knowledge and skills on the management of COVID-19. Display boards with the algorithms of treatment are being disseminated to all Paediatricians across the country.
“COVID 19 has emerged as a health crisis across the globe and Pakistan is no exception,” said Mr. Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Pakistan. “We need to address this challenge as a priority in addition to several other already existing challenges our health system is facing. These include fast growing population, stagnant newborn mortality, other communicable diseases, growing burden of the non-communicable illnesses, effects of climate change and natural disasters.”
“It is amazing to see that such a large group of eminent Pediatricians from across the country have gathered here to avail this opportunity of interactive learning. UNICEF remains committed to continuing its support to the Ministry of Health and work closely with professional associations for betterment of mothers and children. I extend my deepest appreciation to all the partners for their support in keeping maternal and child health issues high at the national health agenda.”
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Dr. Gohar Rehman, President Pakistan Paediatric Association, highly appreciated the quality of the training conducted and termed it to be of international standards.
The main contributors for development of the Guidelines include Aga Khan University; Infectious Disease subgroup of Pakistan Paediatric Association; King Edward Medic