Inaugural Ceremony of National Training Center for Newborn Health and KMC Unit Held

An inaugural ceremony was held on 31st October 2018 at the Sir Salimullah Medical College Mitford Hospital in Dhaka. The National Newborn Health Program (NNHP), has taken initiative to utilize the res
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An inaugural ceremony of National Training Center for Newborn Health and Kangaroo Mother Care Unit was held at SSMC Mitford Hospital. The chief guest of the ceremony was Prof. Dr. Mohammod Shahidullah, President, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council, President BPA and Chairperson NTWC-NBH; while the event was chaired by Professor Dr. Md. Billal Alam, Principal, SSMC.

The program was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Begum Sharifun Naher, Head of Neonatology Department of SSMC Mitford Hospital. Program Manager, NNHP & IMCI Dr. Md. Moklesur Rahman presented the key notes on national newborn health interventions with new initiatives to achieve SDG in focusing three thematic areas a) Community level b) Primary health care facility level and c) Specialized care facility. Joby George, Chief of Party, USAID’s MaMoni-MNCSP program, Save the Children briefed the health programs of the organization and aims of supporting NNHP, MOH&FW in strengthening national capacity development initiatives.

In his speech as the Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah emphasized the importance of taking care of newborn health which contributes 61% of child mortality. He has mentioned that SSMC has an efficient trainers pool which might be further enriched. He has emphasized on public health perspective of newborn health and committed to continue all type of technical support to this new initiative of SSMC. In his speech as Chairperson, Prof Dr Md. Billal Alam emphasized on the life cycle approach in medical care. He also committed to cooperate with national program.

Other special guests of the event included: Dr. Sultan Md. Shamsuzzaman, Director, DGHS and LD, MNC&AH, DGHS; Dr. Shamim Jahan, Director Health, Save the Children in Bangladesh; Dr. Fida Mehran, Newborn Specialist, USAID Bangladesh; Prof. Naznin Akhter Banu, Head of Paediatrics department, SSMC Mitford Hospital; and Brig. Gen. Brayan Bankim Halder, Director, SSMC Mitford Hospital.