Learning about health: Clean habits can lower child mortality, say paediatrics

Published: October 9, 2013

Pakistan had a total of 424,377 under-five deaths in 2010. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

To lower child mortality rates, paediatrics recommended adopting clean habits.

Dr Sohail Salaat, a consultant and head of neonatology at Aga Khan University Hospital, said that personal hygiene, public health measures, including access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation, good nutrition, frequent health checkups and immunisation are preventive strategies to minimise child mortality.

More than 250 healthcare professionals in the fields of paediatrics gathered in Karachi at the session, titled ‘All 4 Kidz’ Learning Programme was organised by Abbott. According to estimates published in the Lancet, Pakistan with a total of 424,377 under-five deaths in 2010, was third among five countries that accounted for almost half of the deaths in children under five worldwide, and contributed to half the deaths from infections.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2013.

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