PESHAWAR: Doctors in Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) Peshawar advised parents to ensure their newborn receives a dose of vitamin K after birth to prevent a life-threatening bleeding disease.
A brief study report of Dr. Shazia Bahar AP Paediatric and Dr. Hamid Bangash Registrar KTH Peshawar stated that Vitamin K deficiency can contribute to significant bleeding, poor bone development, osteoporosis, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Report showed that new born babies are at high risk of a condition known as “Hemorrhagic Disease of Newborn” which is secondary to Vitamin-K deficiencies. The babies present with uncontrolled bleeds. This is one of the causes for morbidity and mortality in neonates.
Therefore, the recommendation is to give Prophylactic administration of vitamin-K to all newborns soon after birth.
Talking to E-News Dr. Hamid Bangash shared that in this small and short activity conducted at KTH labour room and nursery ward we looked at existing recommendation and supporting evidence on the effectiveness of vitamin K given after birth in preventing of Hemorrhagic disease of newborn.
Our results show total number of 874 neonates was delivered at KTH (Labour rooms 1 & 2) out of those only 559 neonates received Intramuscular Vitamin K injections. Thus 65% babies delivered at KTH have received vitamin-K in the month of December
He suggested that Prophylactic administration of vitamin K to all new born should be integrated into the hospital policy and all barriers and hurdle shall be address.