NEW DELHI: Baby cough medicine is available in the city for children and adults who need it, a government-run centre said on Monday.
The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIIW) has issued a “special dispensation” to all health care facilities and nursing homes, including those providing newborns, newborns under 18 months, infants under 6 months and infants under 2 years.
A newborn can be taken to a nursery for the treatment of cough.
The centres have set up a helpline number for parents, parents of infants and mothers of infants to contact if their child is in need.
“In case of need, we have a helptanket available for parents and families to get help,” said NIIW’s Director General of Health K S Ramaswamy.
The Centre has also launched a social media campaign to educate the public about the benefits of the drug.
“We want to educate parents and the public to know the benefits and also get involved in the campaign to save our children,” said Ramasam.
The centre will issue a monthly report on the status of the cough medicine to the Centre for Child Health (CCCH), the health ministry’s department responsible for child health and welfare.
“This report will help us track the progress of the medicines,” said Ravi Nandakumar, CCH’s head.
“If there is any issue with the medication, the reports will be updated.
The centre has also been sending out daily notifications to doctors and hospitals in the country.”