Sharing is caring! Share 56 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share LocalNews Ministry of Health launches maternal and child health manual by: – March 1, 2012 The Ministry of Health has launched a Maternal and Child Health Manual; a revised edition which was first published in 1992, will provide guidelines for efficient administration of health care for mothers and children, in keeping with current trends, and in addressing emerging needs of mothers and children.Director of Primary Health Care Dr. Martin Christmas receives a copy of Manual from Maternal and Child Health Coordinator Nurse Carol Jno. Baptiste.The objectives of the manual are three fold to facilitate decision making for health care providers at all levels most specifically at primary health care levels, to facilitate the early identification/detection of high risk cases, abnormal or pathological conditions, their accurate diagnosis and institute appropriate course of action and; to standardized norms and procedures, calculate needed resources, improve quality care and strengthen efficiency of the health system.Senior Community Health Nurse and Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, Carol Jno Baptise in delivering the overview of the manual, stated that the manual is divided into three sections, namely, Maternal/ Neonatal Care; Child Care and Guidelines for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.She affirmed that during the period 2007 to 2009 there were three maternal deaths, and having one maternal death is reason for concern. She stated further that it requires the health worker and the client to do all in their power to prevent maternal death.The Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Martin Christmas, who represented the Minster for Health read the Minister’s remarks. The Minster called on health care worker to put the guidelines to good use and follow them diligently. If this is done we expect to see some of the kind of improvement in health care indicators which will surely make this venture worth the while.” He continues “We know that change is a difficult condition to accept, but these are the changes deemed necessary to keep the Maternal and Child Health Programme effective and efficient in a changing Dominica.The manual is intended for use by skilled providers including midwives, doctors and nurse, working at any level of the health care system which caters for woman during pregnancy, childbirth and post partum period to include newborns.