Country Desk
The National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign will be held today (Saturday). Under the campaign, about 2.19 crore children aged from 6-59 months will be fed Vitamin ‘A’ capsules across the country.
Blue colored vitamin ‘A’ capsules will be given to some 25 lakh children aged from 6 to 11 months, while the red colors capsules will be given to 1.94 lakh children aged from 12 to 59 months.
The children will be fed the vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent health centres and 20,000 mobile centres across the country.
The mobile centres will be set up at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheya ghats.
The centres will remain open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Two trained volunteers will work at each centre.
The campaign in the remote areas under 240 unions in 42 upazilas of 12 districts will be held from July 15-19 under special arrangements.
In Pabna, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the campaign. Health Minister Mohammad Nasim will also attend there.
Civil Surgeon Dr Tahajjel Hossain said that a total of 3,85,0136 children will be fed Vitamin A+ capsules under the campaign in the district. Children will be given blue-coloured Vitamin A+ capsules, while children, aged between 12 to 59 months, will be fed the red-coloured ones.
A total of 3,970 field workers of the Health Department and Family Planning Department along with volunteers will be deployed at 1,835 temporary centres to make the campaign successful.
Besides, a large number of municipality volunteers will be involved in immunising babies at different important places to bring a total of 3,85,136 children under the programme.
It was further leant that special initiative would be taken so that feeding of Vitamin A+ would not bring any side effect or after effect to the administered children.
In Rajshahi, Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) and Civil Surgeon Office have adopted massive preparations to observe the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign-2018 (first round) in the city and nine upazilas of the district. Around 3.51 lakh children below five years will be administered vitamin ‘A’ Plus capsules.
In the city, around 7,435 children aged will be given blue-coloured capsule of high powered Vitamin A and 54,155 children will be given red-coloured capsule of high-powered Vitamin A. The programme will be conducted at 384 centres including 343 permanent ones, Dr Begum added.
Civil Surgeon Dr Sanjit Kumar Saha said various problems including eyesight and night blindness could be prevented and cured through successful implementation of the campaign. He said the national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign will be observed across the country to prevent childhood blindness, child mortality and strengthen immunity.
In nine upazilas of the district, around 27,993 children will be given blue-coloured capsule of high powered Vitamin A and 2,61,808 children will be given red-coloured capsule of high-powered Vitamin A at 1,754 centres.
A total of 1,744 outreach vaccination centres will be set up. Over 4,480 volunteers, 376 family welfare assistants and 241 health assistants would be engaged for giving vitamin ‘A’ Plus capsules to the children.
In Khulna, a total of 1,52,941 babies will be administered red coloured vitamin A capsule in the district, while a total of 81,067 babies will be fed the same capsule in KCC area.
Meanwhile, a total of 20,510 babies will be administered blue colour capsule in Khulna district while a total of 10,775 babies will be administered the same capsule in KCC area. A total of 5,526 volunteers will work at 2,393 centres for the purpose.
In Rangpur, health officials at a press briefing on Thursday sought cooperation of the mass media to make the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign (First Round) successful in the district.
Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam briefed the journalists on the preparations to make the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign
(First Round), July 14, 2018 for around 3.54-lakh under five babies (6 to 59 months) successful in the district.
The Civil Surgeon said one dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Blue capsule would be administered to the babies aged between 6 and 11 months and one dose two lakh unit Vitamin ‘A’ Red capsule to the babies aged between 12 and 59 months.
“Around 4,000 health and family welfare assistants, supervisors, health workers and volunteers will work at 1,832 centres allover the district and special steps will be taken at the bus stands and other places to make the campaign a success,” he said.
In Sylhet, the campaign would be held in the district to feed vitamin-A Plus capsule to around 4.48 lakh children, said Civil surgeon in Sylhet D Himangshu Lal Ray
In Panchagarh, around 1.50 lakh children will be administered Vitamin A+ capsules during the campaign. A total of 1,077 outreach vaccination centres will be set up by Panchagarh CS office.
Over 2,154 volunteers including family welfare assistants and health assistants would be engaged for giving vitamin A+ capsules to the children aged zero to five years in the district.
Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin each of the 16,142 children aged from six to 11 months will be administered blue-colour capsule, while each of the 1,34,510 children aged from 12 to 59 months will be fed red-colour capsule.