Jul 082015

Bangladesh introduces new antiseptic

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Bangladesh has introduced a new antiseptic solution for children to avoid umbilical cord infection, a major cause of newborn deaths.
The decision came after trials in the country revealed ‘chlorhexidine’ could cut at least 23 percent deaths of children in their first month of life.
The World Health Organisation has also included it on its list of essential life-saving commodities for women and children after similar results came from Nepal and Pakistan.
The stump of the umbilical cord is one of the routes of getting infections that account for about 30 percent of the total newborn deaths.  



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