Kalamassery: The Ernakulam Government Medical College is making giant leaps forward in the care of premature babies.
In the last two months, the newborn baby care unit at the hospital treated 15 babies born after 24 to 32 weeks of pregnancy weighing less than one-kilogram at birth.
Among the 15 babies, eight weighed between 600 to 800 grams at the time of birth. With proper care and treatment, all of them made a complete recovery.
Premature babies usually require two or more months of intensive care before they can lead a normal life. In private hospitals, these treatments would cost several lakhs of rupees.
Majority of the premature babies admitted to the Ernakulam Medical College are born in other hospitals. Ernakulam Medical College has the facility to treat 12 premature at a time as inpatients. It has five ventilators including sophisticated high frequency ventilators. Besides, the unit has a one of its kind neonatal database of babies with discharge summery.
The unit also has NeoPuff and CPAP machines that help newborns to breath properly. Four babies admitted to the hospital were provided laser treatment to prevent low vision at a very economical rate.
Under the ‘Arogyakiranam scheme’ of the government, newborn babies are given various treatments and costly medicines like immunoglobulins and surfactant free of cost.