Dr. Victoria Nakibuuka, a neonatologist at Nsambya hospital and head of the Pediatric Unit under, which the bank is being established, said the project is largely funded through donations and fundraising.
February 2020, women with excess breast milk and would love to donate to babies
whose mothers cannot breast feed will deposit it at the Human Breast Milk bank in Nsambya hospital.
The Primary Health Care State Minister, Dr.
Joyce Moriku Kaducu disclosed this to Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Tuesday.
that most of the equipment has been installed and, what remains is to panel
beat a few things for the unit to start operating by February 2020.
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Without specifying the amount spent on procuring
the equipment, Kaducu said it can store milk for a long time and yet maintain it
with it’s vital nutrients.
Dr. Victoria Nakibuuka, a neonatologist at
Nsambya hospital and head of the Pediatric Unit under, which the bank is
being established, said the project is largely funded through donations and
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The innovation is being mooted as a solution to
challenges faced by mothers of especially premature babies who fail to feed
their children because they lack milk at the time.
said access to breast milk by neonates is anticipated to cut the number of
neonatal deaths that are now estimated at 27 per 1000 live births.
World Health Organisation recommends that children born with very low birth
weight less than 2.5Kgs who are estimated at 20million worldwide be initiated
on human breast milk immediately to boast their immunity and avoid retarded
However, when a mother's own breast milk is not
available, the alternative is expressed breast milk from a donor mother but
this especially in Uganda is very uncommon for fear of infections. Dr.
Nakibuuka says donors will be screened for among others hepatitis B and HIV.