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East Africa To Get The First Ever Breast Milk Bank

Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya will be the first hospital ever in East Africa to have the ultra-modern public breast milk bank.

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The medical facility will be responsible to collect, test, store and distribute human milk which will be donated by nursing mothers who are not connected by direct genetic relationship to newborn babies.

This human milk will be given to newborn babies in neonatal intensive care units who are unable to access their mother’s milk.

The United Kingdom accepted to construct the facility by donating Shs66.5 million through Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative Plus (MBFI+).

According to the British High Commissioner, Mr Nic Hailey, the breast milk bank will probably be unveiled in April 2019.

When the process begins, the breast milk will help save the lives of babies who are at risk of lacking adequate care and protection including the orphaned, premature and those abandoned,’’said Mr Nic.

As we talk right now, a pasteurizer has been delivered at Pumwani Hospital. The technical team as well as the staff have been trained.

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