IYCF at G B Pant; second phase begins today

SRINAGAR:  The second phase of ongoing training of National trainers for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) which started from 26 th of October started today and six trainers were trained for a week.
 Today the training entered into its second week and 24 IYCF councillors drawn from all over the districts of Kashmir Valley started their training. They shall be trained by the six national trainers under the supervision of course director Prof. K. P Khushwaha.
The training is aimed at  providing counselling and training skills to achieve the optimal feeding practices of giving no pre lacteal feeds,  initiating breastfeeding within first hour of life and exclusive breastfeeding feeding for first six months of life starting adequate and appropriate  complementary feeding and continuing breastfeeding for two years and beyond.
The programme shall trickle down to district level where middle level trainers shall be trained and who shall in turn train the front line workers to take the programme to the grassroots. This shall also help in boosting up the baby friendly hospital initiative and revolutionise the infant feeding practices in the state which will bring down the infant and neonatal mortality significantly and also help in reducing malnutrition further.
The clinical practice sessions of the workshop are held in Lal Ded Hospital and the neonatal ICU of GB Pant Hospital.
Principal, GMC, Prof. Rafeeq A Pampori was the chief guest.
Prof. Khushwaha, Course Director, spoke on the occasion as to how the training would help in bringing down mortality in children and produce healthy and sharp minded future generation.
Prof Kaisar Ahmad, HOD Pediatrics presented the scenario of the IYCF in the state.
The function was also attended by the faculty members of the department of Pediatrics and administration of GB Pant Hospital.

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