Training of health workers to reduce Maternal & Child death at HIMS
Utkarsh Bansal | 02 Mar 2017

An obstetrics and neonatology emergency workshop was held in Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Safedabad on Wednesday.

Chairperson Dr. Richa Mishra, Director Dr. O.P. Singh & Principal Dr J. V. Singh inaugurated the workshop. Dr. J.V. Singh told that this workshop would help staff of rural Indian hospitals to tackle the risks associated during childbirth. Dr. A.D. Dwivedi, Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology said management of obstructed labour judiciously could prevent both the mother and the baby from landing into serious complications. Dr. R. Ahuja, Head of Pediatrics laid stress on the need for providing hands on training and familiarizing the associated staff with modern technology to deal with child birth complications.

Dr. Utkarsh Bansal emphasized the importance of the first golden minute after delivery for resuscitation, for neonatal well being. He lauded the efforts of visiting team, thanked them for their valuable visit, and wished them best for their future endeavours.

Workshop was conducted by Neonatologist Dr Atul Malhotra and Obstetrician Dr Arunaz Kumar, a team from Monash University, Melbourne (Australia).

Dr Malhotra informed the participants about their pilot project "ONE-SIM Workshop" which is aimed at training the staff of rural hospitals in difficult delivery skills. He told that their focus is to help prevent deaths associated with complicated births, of both mother and child in India. Using sophisticated simulation technology, they are providing training to health workers.

Dr Kumar said one of the objectives is to help them understand the complications causing massive bleeding, uterine rupture and perinatal asphyxia, which can cause death or long-term brain damage in newborn. She further highlighted the concerns regarding postpartum haemorrhage, which is the biggest killer of mothers in developing countries. Difficult births and babies who are compromised are encountered many times in a week in Indian hospitals while such cases are much low in Australia. She hoped that their program will drastically reduce this number in India and will expand its outreach in other developing countries.

Dr Siraj Ahmad said that India is working hard to bring down its maternal & neonatal mortality rate, and such trainings will be the foundation to achieve the goal.

The faculty comprised of Dr. Anajana, Dr Sonia, Dr. Richa, Dr Ekansh, Dr Narendra and Dr Nyay. The participants including Dr Khushbu, Dr Shankar, interns including Sunali, Shalini, Rashmi, Shweta, Ankita, Barkha, Rishabh, Suhas, Kush, Shivansh, Sudha, Vijayta, Varsha, Shishir, Shreya, Shekhar appreciated the initiative and termed it invaluable as it apprised them with hands-on knowledge of dealing with child birth complications.