Gaya, June 28: The breastfeeding percentage at the districtís medical college and hospital has increased from 4 per cent in January to 43 per cent now, the nodal officer of a project on young child nutrition said today.
Ajoy Kishore Ravi, the nodal officer of the Unicef-funded counselling and training project, also said a first-of-its-kind counselling centre has started functioning at Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) from June 1.
The project is underway in Gaya since January this year. It is implemented by Unicef, the ANMCH administration and Patna-based Association for Social Research and Action. Unicefís nutrition specialist Alok I. Ranjan is also monitoring the project.
Ravi, also the head of department, paediatrics, at ANMCH, said new mothers are briefed on the benefits of breastfeeding and child nutrition. As many as 26 female counsellors have been appointed for Gaya district. Two of them are deputed at ANMCH.
He added that the health department had prepared a project for the entire state and sent it to the Union government for approval, as Unicef would fund the ongoing scheme only till December this year.