Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital was established in the year 1925, is the first pediatric hospital in India. It is a semi-government hospital and has won many awards and recognition for its service in the Pediatric & Maternity facilities. The hospital has an entire building dedicated to children with the NICU ward completely devoted for the treatment of newborn babies.
The pre-term babies, who at the time of birth weigh 600 to 700 grams, require some special care, as to prevent them from developing infection. The investment cost is INR 16,00,000 per baby per day. Ventilators available are occupied, leaving a vacancy period of only 5 to 10 minutes. The equipment volume and requirement of the NICU ward is huge.
To meet this huge demand, Lions Club of Bombay Babulnath secured a seed grant of INR 6, 62,500 from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) with which they presented 7 baby warmers, 7 syringe pumps and 6 LED phototherapy units.
On 13th December, 2015, International President Jitsuhiro Yamada and LCIF Chairperson Joe Preston were present at the inaugural function.
The event started with a small presentation on Wadia Hospital which covered its glorious history and current hospital activities. The usability and functionality of the donated equipment were also demonstrated.
Baby warmers, as the name suggests, provides warmth to babies suffering from severe heat loss, Syringe pumps help in delivering small dosages to children. With help of the phototherapy unit, pre-term babies prone to jaundice are treated.
International President Jitsuhiro Yamada appreciated the efforts put in by Lions Club of Bombay Babulnath and Jer Bai Wadia Hospital for providing the best treatment to children. He spoke about the difficulty of treating young children; and commended doctors from Jer Bhai Wadia Hospital for identifying the difficulties the new born and young children face and Lions Club of Bombay Babulnath for providing lifesaving equipment to the hospital.
LCIF Chairperson Joe Preston appreciated Lions Club of Bombay Babulnath for the efforts they have put in, by bringing in the idea of seed grant and working hard towards making it a reality. He also urged all Lions to follow International President Jitsuhiro Yamada’s message of serving with humanity, dignity and harmony.
The program was graced by District Governor Ravindra Kadel, First Vice District Governor Armaity Cooper, President of Lions Club of Bombay Babulnath Dinoo Hiramanik, and Executive Administrator, Dr. Neville Mehta. The program was supported by 30 Lions from Lions Club of Bombay Babulnath and Leos from various Leo Clubs.
The necessity of access to proper medical equipment is the need of the hour, especially in government and semi-government facilities. Through their service and generosity, Lions have once again proven that where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.