A breast milk bank of international standards will be established at Ho Chi Minh City's Tu Du Hospital, said Deputy Director of the Municipal Health Department, Associate Prof Dr Tang Chi Thuong.
It will be the first of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City and will be opened in the first quarter of next year, with the support of the FHI 360, a non-profit organisation on human development, reported Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
As one of the leading obstetrics and gynaecology hospitals of the city, Tu Du Hospital handles about 66,000 birth cases annually. Among them, hundreds of premature babies are fed on infant formula due to a shortage of breast milk.
In view of this, the hospital put forward its plan to set up a breast milk bank in 2016, hoping to provide safe and nutritious human milk to save at-risk infants.
Thuong said the human milk bank will closely follow strict requirements on equipment and operation, in accordance with international standards. He also affirmed the significant role of nursing mothers in the city who will ensure a stable supply of milk for newborns.
He also hoped city's milk bank will become part of a network of breast milk banks in the region and the world over.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK