Rainbow Children’s Hospital Hosts a Memorable Graduation Ceremony

Bangalore, 17th November, 2017: In all honours, 40 preterm babies of the city, with their convocation caps on, were conferred with ‘graduation certificates’ in a bid to celebrate their success of retrieving serious complications, to face the world outside Neonatal ICU (NICU). India’s first pediatric super specialty hospital, Rainbow Children’s hospital celebrated World Prematurity Day 2017 today, with this memorable ‘NICU University Graduation Ceremony.’ Families of the preterm babies along with several expectant mothers with their families from different parts of the state, participated in the event which was held to create awareness on preterm births and the expert care they deserve. Tripti Rao Mrs. India, 2017 graced the event along with Mr. Neeraj Lal, Cluster Head-Bangalore Operation, Rainbow Children’s Hospital and other senior management officials of the hospital including Dr. Vijay Aggarwal, Medical Director, Dr. Kavitha Kovi Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Rajath Athreya, Neonatologist and Pediatrician.

One in every 10th childborn in the world is premature. While premature birth is known to be theleading cause of death among children under five worldwide, little is discussedto curb the increase of these numbers. Due to the lack of access to the propermedical care for disadvantaged, many children face death or complications afterthe preterm birth. In the wake of this, Rainbow Children’s Hospital conducted ahealth talk on the tests expectant mothers should undergo and the best care tobe provided to premature babies. Leading lactation experts guided new motherson breastfeeding the preemies.


The hospital is known for its Neonatal Retrieval services for mother andbabies, a lifesaving intervention provided by the hospital’s expert team ofneonatal intensivists within the ambulance, even before they reach theICU.  This service which is available within 300 km of the hospital isoffered by very few pediatric hospitals in India. Dr. Rajath Athreya,Neonatologist and Pediatrician said, “It has been witnessed that premature birthor low birth weight mortality has been rising drastically in rural areas,compared to urban areas. Majority of the deliveries in rural areas still occursin home or in places where there are limited resources, leading to the need toarrange transportation of the infant to well-equipped hospitals in real time.”


Mr Neeraj Lal, Cluster Head-Bangalore Operation, RainbowChildren’s Hospital, added, “The aim of Rainbow Children’s Hospital isto provide high standards of care for the mother, fetus, newborn and childrenso that none of them is deprived of an intensive care facility. Equipped withthe most advanced technology available in the country along with the backing ofan expert team of neonatologists and pediatricians, we have been able to rescueinfants as young as 5 months in our NICU.” Post the panel discussion, RainbowChildren’s Hospital conducted a NICU University Graduation ceremony, which isthe first of its kind initiative by any pediatric hospital. Preterm babies, whofought serious medical complications to successfully retrieve from the NICU ofRainbow Children’s Hospital, were conferred with NICU Graduation Certificates. Complimentaryscans were arranged for expectant mothers and health cards given to families ofpreterm babies who attended the gathering.


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