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Vitamin A-plus campaign on Saturday

  • Published at 06:42 pm February 7th, 2019
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A child is being given Vitamin A-plus capsule File photo/Dhaka Tribune

‘On the day, around 2.25 crore children, aged between six months and five years, will be fed Vitamin A capsules under the nationwide campaign’

The national Vitamin A-plus campaign will be held across the country on Saturday, aiming to provide Vitamin A-plus capsules to all children aged between six months and five years.

Health Minister Zahid Malik announced the fresh date of the campaign at a press briefing at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Wednesday.

“On the day, around 2.25 crore children, aged between six months and five years, will be fed Vitamin A capsules under the nationwide campaign,” he said.

Around 25 lakh babies aged 6-11 months will be given a blue colour Vitamin A capsule, while around 1.94 crore children aged 12-59 months will get a red colour capsule each.

The campaign will be conducted through approximately 120,000 permanent and 20,000 mobile health centres across the country, reports BSS.

Mobile health centres will be set up at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheya ghats (boat jetty) and those will remain open from 8am to 4pm.

At least two trained volunteers will work at each centre.

Children in the remote areas of 240 unions under 42 upazilas in 12 districts will be provided the capsules within the next four days of the campaign day, reports UNB.

All parents have been requested to bring their children with full stomach to get the Vitamin A capsule. Children should not be fed the capsule forcefully or while they are crying. Children aged below six months or older than five years, or those suffering from any kind of sickness, should not be fed the capsule.

The rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down below 1% following the distribution of Vitamin A-plus capsules.

Vitamin A not only keeps children safe from night- blindness, it also increases their immune system, keeps their eyesight perfect, lowers child mortality rate and ensures their natural growth, among other benefits.

On January 17, the government postponed the Vitamin A-plus campaign which was to be held on January 19 citing "unavoidable reasons".