Chandigarh’s first human milk bank has come up at Government Medical College And Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, This human milk bank will act as a life saver for the pre-term babies and will help in reducing the infant mortality rate. Specific protocols will be followed to provide human breast milk to the infants. This is the first human milk bank of the region.
This milk bank in GMCH Chandigarh has been opened in the Department of Pediatrics. The inauguration of the bank was done by Parimal Rai, Adviser to the UT Administrator. Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary, Medical Education and Research, Dr Vanita Gupta, Director, Health Services, and Prof Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal, GMCH were also present on the occasion.
What is a Human Milk Bank?
A human milk bank is just similar to a blood bank. As blood bank provides blood to the patients or the needy in case of emergency, the same way pasteurized breast milk is provided to unwell or premature babies.
It provides important nutrients to those babies whose mothers are unable to breastfeed or in worst cases where the babies lose their mother after birth.
Human Milk Bank at GMCH, Chandigarh
- The milk bank is located in the Department of Pediatrics of GMCH, 32.
- The total project cost for setting this milk bank has been Rs. 10 Lakh.
- The current capacity of the bank is three liters.
- Standard protocols will be followed to provide safe and pasteurized milk to the babies.
- The bank will begin with providing milk to the pre mature babies within the hospital itself and later on this facility will be expanded for deliveries in other hospitals of Chandigarh as well.