Niva Debnath and her husband Toton Debnath live in Teghoria Union of Habiganj District. During her pregnancy, Nivamoved back to her father’s house in Khagaura Union of Baniachang upazila. Due to the move, she did not receive anyANC during that time.
Niva gave birth to Bikash, a baby boy at the BRAC delivery center in August. She returned to her husband’s houseseveral days after delivery. Bikash was fine at the time of delivery, but his condition worsened after several days.
There were red discharge from Bikash’s umbilical cord, and he would cry intermittently. There was all sorts of adviceoffered to her, but Niva, extremely concerned chose to speak with her neighbor, Sokhina Begum, who contacted aMaMoni HSS volunteer, Tahmina Begum. Tahmina tookthe baby and the mother to the UH&FWC, where SACMOPrithish Chandra Banik confirmed the infection. Sincethe family did not have the means to go to the hospital,Prithish administered injectable gentamicin for twoconsecutive days, and provided amoxicillin for home use.
He also followed up on 4th and 8th day to ensuretreatment completion. Bikash recovered and thefamily was overjoyed. They did not know that such aservice was available so close to home, and free ofcharge. Prithish was also pleased to be able to treat thenewborn.
He said he treats child infection cases all the time, but this was the first time he felt confident to treat a newborn infection.
MaMoni HSS, in collaboration with DGHS introduced newborn infection management in all of Habiganj district and severalupazilas of Noakhali and Lakshmipur districts. In cases such as Niva and Bikash, when referral to a hospital is not an option,SACMOs can use their training to provide simplified antibiotic therapy regime to treat newborn sepsis cases.