THE Bachelor of Midwifery educators at the University of Goroka are working with Eastern Highlands Provincial Hospital special care nursery staff to explore the use of mathematics in caring for sick and premature babies.
According to a 2012 UNICEF Report, an estimated 23 newborn babies die before they reach one month of age for every 1000 live births in Papua New Guinea each year.
UOG Clinical Midwifery facilitator, Jane Connell said the hospital nursery is the only facility of its kind in the province and admits premature and/or sick neonates from the approximately 6000 babies born in the hospital each year and those referred from around the province.
She said mathematics was used in most aspects of the care of these babies and the team had been improving their skills in mathematics as a strategy to improving outcomes for the babies in their care.
She said some examples of the use of mathematics included: Collecting and recording baseline data such as birth weight, length and head.
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