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More than two crore children, aged between six months and five
years, will be fed Vitamin A plus capsules under a national
campaign on Saturday, says a press release.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim is expected to inaugurate the campaign at the 25-bed Hospital in Pabna as the chief guest on Saturday morning.
Children, aged between six and 11 months, will be given the blue-coloured high-powered Vitamin A capsules, while children, aged between 12 to 59 months, will receive the red-coloured ones.
Children will be fed the capsule around 120,000 permanent health centres and 20,000 mobile centres throughout the country, a health ministry source said.
The mobile centres will be set up at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheya ghats, and these will remain open from 8:00am to 4:00pm to make sure that all children are fed the capsules.
At least two well-trained volunteers will work at each centre to make the campaign a success.
Mentionable, the rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down below one percent following the distribution of Vitamin A plus capsules
regularly.
Meanwhile, health experts at an orientation and planning meeting in Rangpur have said Vitamin A has no side effect and its intake reduces death risks of the babies and prevents their night blindness and many other diseases, reports BSS.
They made these observations on Wednesday at the event organised by Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) at its office to inform journalists about the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign- 2018 to be held on July 14 in the city as elsewhere in the country. With Chief Executive Officer of RpCC Akhter Hossain Azad in the chair, Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa attended the event as the chief guest.
Chief Executive Officer of RpCC Abu Musa Mohammad Jongi, its Superintending Engineer Amdad Hossain, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz and Health Inspector Abdul Kaiyum, among others, were present.
The City Mayor said one lakh 28 thousand and 505 under-5 babies would be administered with Vitamin A Plus Capsule in all 33 wards in the city on Saturday next.
“Around 666 supervisors, health workers and volunteers will provide Vitamin A Plus Capsule at 297 outreach centres in the city corporation area,” he said.
One dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Blue capsule will be administered to each of 20,300 babies aged between 6 and 11 months and one dose of two lakh unit Vitamin A Red capsule to each of one lakh eight thousand 250 babies aged between 12 and 59 months. Narrating the importance for continuation of Vitamin A supplementation, Dr Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz said, “Vitamin A Plus can prevent mal-nutritional blindness especially
night blindness, bitot’s spots and corneal lesions.”
The chief guest urged the journalists to create mass public awareness to make the campaign successful for preventing various diseases of babies to ensure their healthy growth.