By SOLA OGUNDIPE
As part of efforts to reduce the high prevalence of child mortality from diarrhoea, Ogun State government assisted by the United Nations Children’s Fund,UNICEF, has embarked on sensitisation of the populace on the use of zincfant (Zinc) in the treatment of diarrheoa disorders especially among children aged five years and below.
In a statement, Waliyat Odemakin, the Press Officer in the state Primary Health Care Development Board, Abeokuta, noted that the activity which serves as pilot scheme in Remo North and Odeda Local Government Areas of the State had reached about 2,000 people in different communities.
The Director, Primary Health Care in the State, Dr. Kafayat Lawal said diarrhoea contributes to 16 percent of child deaths in Nigeria, and maintained that detection and intervention with zinc and oral rehydration, remain the best solution to curbibg the menace of diarrhoea.
She added that it was the loss of fluid that kills and stressed that management and treatment should focus on prevention, administration of zinc and replacement of fluid through quick and steady rehydration.
Lawal described zinc tablet as a bluish white metallic element that plays a central role in cellular growth and improves immune system of children with serves as catalyst against childhood infections including diarrhoea.
“The use of zinc has been found safe and effective and it requires less technical and medical experience to apply with no side effect from now” she affirmed.
The medical expert said that the sensitization would help to create awareness for people to avail themselves the opportunity of the health benefit on the new trend in the management of diarrhoea.
She emphasised on the need to pay more attention to nutritional needs and diets of children, complete immunisation schedule, exclusive breast feeding and inculcation of hand washing habit before and after food preparation.