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Table 3 Function: child health care department: pediatric

From: Evaluation of a task-based community oriented teaching model in family medicine for undergraduate medical students in Iraq

principle tasks learning objectives
- Child Nutrition growth & development - Trace child's growth and monitor feeding habits.
- Breast feeding - Facilitate an exclusive breast feeding practice during the 1st 4–6 months; explain its benefits and when to start giving weaning food.
- ARI control and the rational use of antibiotics - Identify dangerous criteria and the situations of using specific antibodies.
- Diarrhoeal Disease control and the use of Oral rehydration - Diagnose diarrhoeal diseases and assess dehydration. Decide which treatment plan is indicated and explain the value, and method of preparing ORS and its alternatives.
- Child protection from dangerous communicable diseases immunization - Identify type and time of giving vaccines, its contraindications and side effects, its storage, site of giving vaccine and perform properly the national schedule of vaccination to a maximum coverage-rate.
- Management of other common health problems and its related health customs and traditions - Take a brief history and conduct essential clinical examinations, do specific investigations, diagnose and manage the main health problem and communicate well to manipulate the related health customs or traditions.
- Risky child-diagnosis & follow up - Pick dangerous specific criteria, diagnose risky child, prescribe essential method of management, make a follow up schedule, and monitor indicators of improvement
- Health-educational advice propagation - Detect the actual health educational problem through proper communication, determine the essential educational needs, suggest a proper way and timing for introducing the advice.
- Screening for rheumatic heart diseases. - Auscultate pupil's heart carefully, detect any added sounds or murmur, examine the tonsils and relate the findings to past history of recurrent attacks of tonsillitis.
- Essential measures to obtain a healthy eye and vision. - Examine the eyelids and eyeball carefully, identify any disturbed vision, detect critical or risky criteria, diagnose the problem and deal with it accordingly.
- Referral services. - Determine indications for referral, including method and direction and follow up referred cases.
- Prevention and control of any outbreak of epidemic among pupils. - Notify about the case, isolate it by a suitable method, give essential treatment and sick leave needed, examine contacts, put under observation risky ones and provide essential health protective measures.