Odisha based scientist Pinaki Panigrahi recently discovered an inexpensive method of treatment to prevent sepsis that annually kills around 60,000 kids around the world every year. The paediatrician recently made the headlines in the United States for his discovery. While talking about it, Pinaki Panigrahi said, “In hospitals in India, you see so many babies dying of sepsis, it breaks your heart.” He added, “Methodically, we screened more than 280 strains in preliminary animal and human studies,” before coming up with a solution, according to a report by Deccan Chronicle.
While talking about the reason behind his discovery, NPR quoted the scientist saying, that once a baby is affected, all of a sudden it stops being active, crying and breastfeeding. The virus of the disease is so strong that by the time the baby is brought to the hospital, it is too late to save it.
Panigrahi is an alumnus of BJB College, Bhubaneswar and MKCG Medical College, Berhampur. He is currently a pediatrician at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre College of Public Health. His discovery was privately and publicly funded by a non-profit membership media organisation, as reported by National Public Radio (NPR). Over the last 20 years, Panigrahi has been heading research on the subject to find out the probiotic bacteria, common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables, that could be a life saving solution to this medical problem in newborns.