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RpCC to feed 1.26-lakh babies with Vitamin A Plus capsules


Published : 08 Jan 2020 08:46 PM | Updated : 02 Sep 2020 11:25 AM

Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) has completed all preparations to administer over 1.26-lakh babies under-five with Vitamin A Plus capsules in the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign (first round)-2020 on Saturday next. Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa disclosed this at a press conference at RpCC conference room today while elaborating the preparations on making the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign a success.

The campaign will be carried out under the auspices of the Public Health and Nutrition Institute and National Nutrition Services under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with UNICEF assistance.

Mayor Mostafa said 634 volunteers under supervision of 75 supervisors and eight satellite monitoring teams will provide Vitamin A Plus Capsules at 295 outreach centres in all 33 wards of the city from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday. With Chief Executive Officer of RpCC . Ruhul Amin Mian in the chair, its Secretary Rashedul Islam, Chief Health Officer Dr. Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz and Health Inspector Abdul Kaiyum attended the event.

Dr. Kamruzzaman discussed the basic objective of Vitamin A supplementation for the under-five babies to prevent mal-nutritional blindness, especially night blindness, corneal lesion and increase their immune system. Around 19,283 babies (6-11 months) and one lakh seven thousand and 66 babies (12-59 months) will be administered with one dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Plus Blue capsule and one dose of two lakh unit of Vitamin A Red capsule each respectively.

“We have taken adequate steps to ensure administering of Vitamin A capsules to the under-five babies also at bus stands, rail stations and other places in the city,” Mostafa added.