Wednesday, 30 July 2008 9:53 AM

New Growth Chart for Babies

The World Health Organization country's liaison officer, Dr. William Adu-Krow said that the WHO Solomon Islands will work on a new growth chart for children.

"The growth chart that we are going to look at is for child growth and to graph child's weight," said Dr. Adu-Krow adding that the system has been in use since 1974.

He said that talks are going to take place to discuss studies that have existed over the past years on the new growth chart.

"We need to talk with various health specialists in the medical sector and talk on what needs to be in place to create a whole new growth chart," he said.

This will be the first pilot program in works towards implementing the new growth chart.

Dr. Adu-Krow said that the new chart once introduced will help mothers keep track of their child's growth rate.

WHO Solomon Islands is working closely with local nutritionist, pediatricians and other health specialists in preparing ground works to change the 20 year old growth chart and upgrade it.

"We will be working with the National Referral Hospital and the Ministry itself to, hopefully, have a new growth chart for a child from birth to five years of age," Dr. Adu-Krow said.

Solomon Times understands that ground works for the growth chart will begin tomorrow.

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