Gujarat set to get its third human milk bank

Gujarat is all set to get its third human milk bank in the Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad after its endeavours in Vadodara and Surat for children who do not get adequate milk.

 Medical experts said not only will banks reduce the infant mortality rate but that they are not an expensive proposition to store human milk.  However, the milk has to be obtained in a clean and hygienic condition and stored at minus 20 degree Celsius.   

“Many children are deprived  of mother’s milk and they have to depend on either goat’s milk formula or cow milk which could lead to infections in newborns,” said Superintendent of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital M M Prabhakar.  He said it was difficult to provide human milk to  needy children especially in Ahmedabad city and district, but this initiative could come as a life-saver for many.

The other milk banks in the state are in Kashiba Children Hospital, Vadodara and SMMER hospital, Surat.

The Vadodara human milk bank has been catering to a large section of such children not only in Vadodara but the whole of central Gujarat, especially in the tribal area. Medical experts point out that with this facility in Ahmedabad, it could be of use not only in the city but certain areas of north Gujarat as well. 

A recent survey suggested that every 30 out of 1,000 children die due to malnutrition. 

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