Nepal's 1st Human Milk Bank 'Amrit Kosh' Opens in Kathmandu
It has the provision of gathering, pasteurizing, examining, and reserving safe donors for lactating women as a prerequisite for breastfeeding in times of need.
Kathmandu: In order to provide imperil premature and other in-danger infants access to maximum benefits of mother's milk at the time of needful, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the President of Nepal on Friday inaugurated the first-ever human bank of Himalayan nations.
The human milk embankment, named as 'Amrit Kosh', has been situated at the Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital. The bank has the provision of gathering, pasteurizing, examining, and reserving safe donors for lactating women as the prerequisite for breastfeeding in times of need.
The centre of the bank has been established in collaboration between the Nepal Government and UNICEF along with European Union.
According to a press release issued by UNICEF Nepal, the milk bank has the potential to ensure newborn-friendly health systems and to proffer infants and other at-risk babies access to the extensive amount of breast milk benefits whenever it is requisite.
Annually, over 15 million early mature infants are born across the globe and around 81,000 premature newborns have been estimated in Nepal.
Earlier in February 2021, India's Kerala state inaugurated its first-stage human milk bank by the Health Minister of Kerela K K Shailaja at the Ernakulam General Hospital. The bank has the prerequisite for ensuring breast milk for infants who are not being able to be lactated by their own mothers. The milk, which will be accumulated from lactating women, can be reserved for six months at the bank store.
The milk bank has been named 'Nectar of Life' and it is worth Rs. 35 lakh. It was established by Cochin Global's Rotary Club in collaboration with the Kerala Health Department. It includes deep freezers, a pasteurisation unit, refrigerators, breast pumps etc where trained nurses have been assigned to operate the bank.
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