In a move that is perceived to go a long way in reducing the effects of infant prematurity in babies, an incubator that mimics a mother’s womb has been launched by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).
The inception of this innovative device has been carried out with the help of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In a statement, Dr Youssef Mohammed Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Hospitals Sector, said that the incubator could prove to be instrumental in providing quality care for infants who are born prematurely.
Several tests were carried out on the device that proved its ability to support gestation for a period extending to up to 28 days, thus prevening the potential onset of damage to the brain or lungs, phenomenons that can be sometimes observed in extremely premature infants. The device would thus allow the fetus to grow normally as if it were in the mother’s womb.