A mobile human milk collection unit, the first in the country, will be inaugurated at B J Govt Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital on August 1 which is also the first day of World Breastfeeding Week. The unique step has been taken in collaboration with Rotary Club of Poona.
BJ Govt Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital has been operating the Human Milk Bank since November 2013.The key focus of care at Sassoon General Hospital is strengthening the existing facility-based system for care of the vulnerable and sick newborns with the aid of a successful functioning Human Milk Bank. This is the most effective approach and is central to achieving the goals of Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), 2014.
The Rotary Club has donated equipment required for the Mobile Human Milk Collection Unit, including a van with a refrigerator, an air conditioner and an inverter. Human milk for preterm sick babies is the most effective supportive care for reducing neonatal mortality and morbidity in sick neonates.
Dean of BJMC Dr Ajay Chandanwale said that Sassoon General hospital had approximately 25 to 30 deliveries per day (9000/year).The mothers admitted to the postnatal ward voluntarily donated milk, after counseling by Sassoon’s resident doctors and staff nurses to the Human Milk Bank, he added.
The van will now go to the residences of these mothers and collect the excess human milk which will be delivered at the Human Milk Bank and after pasteurisation, it will be successfully utilised to take care of the other newborns who are in need of the same.