An announcement has been made on Thursday, that a multi-specialty private hospital has opened a mother’s milk bank in association with a Jaipur-based voluntary organization. Mahatma Gandhi Hospital set in motion the milk bank in association with Inaya Foundation.
Inaya Foundation’s secretary, Nitisha Sharma said that they had soft-launched operations of the Amrit, mother’s milk bank, beginning from the first week of February. They have collected more than 25,000 ml of milk donated by 74 mothers. G.N. Saxena (the principal of Mahatma Gandhi Medical University) announced that 196 units of mother’s milk has been distributed to infants at the hospital till the 10th of April, and they continue to distribute more.
This is the third such milk-bank in Rajasthan. A government hospital in Udaipur started the first bank. Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Surat and Kolkata have such similar banks too.
The infant mortality rate can be decreased by 22 per cent with the help of breast-feeding and donated mother’s milk, said Nitisha Sharma.
She also added that the mother not only has to undergo a blood test, but also her milk needs to be tested to check for and eliminate any bacteria.
Many newborns don’t get their mother’s milk, which contains the required nutrition for their healthy development. These banks are reaching out to the many infants who are deprived of their mother’s milk. It is saving the lives and futures of many infants and thereby reducing infant mortality rates.
So far, 1,500 infants have benefited from the initiative. Way to go!