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Da Nang launches pilot breast milk bank

Update: January, 15/2016 - 15:51
Donors provide breast milk for infants. A pilot breast milk bank project was started yesterday at Da Nang Maternity and Pediatric Hospital. — Photo

DA NANG (VNS) — The health ministry and the Da Nang health department launched a pilot breast milk bank project yesterday in Da Nang Maternity and Pediatric Hospital.

The project aims to provide breast milk to infants for whom breast milk is not available.

The Maternity and Pediatric Hospital in Da Nang is the hospital to be chosen to carry out the project, the first of its kind in the country.

The hospital will follow strict regulations for collecting breast milk, such as in the selection and screening of milk donors, milking hygiene and temperature-controlled milk processing, as well as pasteurisation, bacteriological examination and temperature-controlled transport.

Tran Thi Hoang, vice director of the hospital, said about 15,000 children were born at the hospital each year, of which about 3,000 did not have access to breast milk due to reasons of premature birth, abandonment, diseases or being placed in isolation with their mothers who have infectious diseases, she said.

"The breast milk bank will provide milk to fragile infants during the first days of their lives, protecting their immune systems and helping them to fight illnesses," Hoang said.

"The bank also aims to promote the raising of children with breast milk. The presence of the bank will help the community understand that breast milk is an important and precious asset that they should appreciate and save for their children."

If the pilot project succeeds, the model will be replicated in other cities and provinces. — VNS

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