ISLAMABAD: While telemedicine is the most effective way to reach out to patients and provide them treatment without wasting time, doctors of as many as five health facilities, including Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), received training in dealing with pediatric emergency.

In several incidents, patients, especially children, breath their last while shifting them to hospital.

Telemedicine can reduce the chances of deaths by providing first aid or help patients to recover.

The training was organised by ChildLife Foundation on Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Pims for government doctors, including those from District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) Attock, Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Hazro, THQ Hospital Taxila and THQ Hospital Hassanabdal where ChildLife’s telemedicine network is operational.

The session covered a broad spectrum of vital topics in pediatric emergency medicine, providing hands-on training in areas such as trauma, anti-rabies vaccination, airway management, anaphylaxis, poisoning and HBB (Helping Babies Breathe) techniques.

By addressing these critical areas, the training aimed to enhance the capacity of on-ground government doctors in DHQ and THQ hospitals and ensure they are well-versed with the latest practices and evolving needs of pediatric emergency care.

ChildLife is currently present in all districts of Punjab and Balochistan and in all tehsils of Sindh with the Telemedicine Satellite Centres setup.

It provides life-saving treatment to more than 1.7 million children annually free of cost.

Published in Dawn, November 27th, 2023

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