Angola has launched a human breast milk bank to meet the needs of premature children and those born to HIV positive mothers. The bank is situated in Lucrécia Palm Maternity in Luanda
The milk bank has a storage capacity of 100 liters of milk per day and works with 25 specialists in the medical profession.
According to Dr Elisa Gaspar, the bank has other posts at Augusto Ngangula Maternity, Kilamba Kiaxi, Cajueiros and Luanda General Hospital.
Dr Gaspar clarified that the milk can be consumed for up to six months. She noted that that milk is quarantined for a 72 hours period.
Dr Gaspar highlighted the importance of this project especially for children whose mothers are HIV positive. With this project, the child will no longer be deprived of human breast milk.
Angola’s Health Minister, Silvia Lutucuta stressed the importance of the milk bank. She plans to extend this project across the country to meet the demands the public and benefit children in need.
Culled from allafrica.com