Green Corridor Used To Rush Breast Milk To Sick Babies In Ajmer

Banked mother's milk can help reduce infant mortality rate by 16 to 22 per cent.

Jaipur: A green corridor was created for the first time in the country to transport 62 litres of breast milk from Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district to save lives of newborns in Ajmer.

The green corridor, usually created for swift transportation of organs for transplantation, was executed by the Bhilwara administration on Wednesday. The administration facilitated a van carrying breast milk.

The van covered 150 kms in nearly two hours while maintaining a minus 20 degrees Celsius temperature required for transporting breast milk.

“Traffic police was deployed to provide zero traffic interference to the milk van and necessary clearance from toll plaza was taken to avoid delays,” said Additional Collector, Bhilwara, Anandilal Vaishnav.

“A police vehicle escorted the milk van and we monitored the transportation through GPS technology in Bhilwara,” Mr Vaishnav told PTI.

A total of 62,000 ml of breast milk was voluntarily donated by lactating mothers at Bhilwara and was transported to Ajmer Government Hospital, where a requirement had surfaced.

State consultant of government’s milk bank project, Devendra Agarwal said, “We chose to transport breast milk from Bhilwara, which had surplus units. It is for first time in the country where a corridor has been created for transporting breast milk”.

Government officials chose Ajmer as it has maximum number of neonates admitted in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit in Ajmer division.

“Breast milk is an elixir for neonates and an alternative for mothers who find it difficult to feed their babies due to some reasons, Mr Agarwal said.

There are no breast milk banks in Ajmer, which has a high infant mortality rate. Banked breast milk can help reduce this mortality rate by 16 to 22 per cent.

In Rajasthan, over 3,500 mothers have donated milk to the 11 milk banks operating in the state.