‘Kimie’, a human milk pasteurizing machine developed manufactured in India by Shreeyash Electro Medicals was launched in Pune.
Dr. Uday Dewaskar, Director, Neonatal ICU, UCLA (University of California and Los Angeles), Dr. Sudhir Waghmare, Director Shreeyash and Dr. Kiran Purohit, President, Rotary Club of Pune South were present on the occasion.
Insufficient lactation in mothers is a common problem that results in depriving the new born infants of mother’s milk, the best source of nutrition that protects the infants from illnesses and infections that they are prone to.
This problem can be overcome by setting up ‘Human Milk Banks’ that collect mother’s milk from donors and preserve it for needy infants.
The heart of ‘Human Milk Bank’ is Human Milk Pasteurizer which has so far been imported from France. These imported machines require 250, sq.ft. of space and cost in the range of 50 lakh rupees. Due to heavy initial investment and high recurring costs, many hospitals can’t afford this facility, thus depriving many infants of their rightful nourishment.
Pune-based innovator and Director, Shreeyash Electro Medicals, Dr Waghmare has invented the first portable Human Milk Pasteurizer, ‘Kimie’ that can pasteurize human milk from 15ml to 300ml.
This compact machine requires minimal space and costs only 8 lakh rupees. This makes setting up of Human Milk Banks easy and affordable for even small Pediatric Hospitals and Healthcare Entrepreneurs.
“About 2 million child deaths can be prevented every year through breastfeeding. I was therefore determined to design and develop a world-class machine that would be affordable for every hospital in India, so that no child is deprived of the best source of nourishment that is mother’s milk, “said Dr Waghmare.
“Kimie is a revolutionary innovation that has made world class quality affordable, which is the need of the hour in a country like India,” said Dr Dewaskar