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Workshop on Vitamin 'A' Plus Campaign

  • Published at 09:26 pm June 19th, 2019
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Speakers speaks at a program held on 'Vitamin A Campaign' in Pabna on Wednesday, June 20, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Children between six to eleven months will be fed one blue color Vitamin-A capsule, while babies between 12 and 59 months will be fed red colored capsules for the campaign

Vitamin 'A' Plus Campaign-2019 (first round)workshops were held in several districts of the country yesterday.

The national Vitamin 'A' Plus Campaign will be observed across the country on June 22, aiming to feed Vitamin A plus capsules to all children  between six and fifty-nine months of age.

Children between six to eleven months will be fed one blue color Vitamin-A capsule, while babies between 12 and 59 months will be fed red colored capsules for the campaign, from 8am to 4pm on the day.

In Khulna, speakers addressed a journalist orientation workshop held at the city’s School Health Clinic, jointly organized by the Khulna Civil Surgeon's Office and Khulna City Corporation (KCC), underscoring  the need for the National Vitamin A plus Campaign.

Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr  S M Abdur Razzak was in the chair, while Deputy Civil Surgeon Atiar Rahman, KCC Health Officer Swapon Halder, Khulna PID Deputy Director  Javed Iqbal, President and General Secretary of Khulna Press Club, Habibur Rahman and S M Saheb Ali respectively, addressed the conference, among others.

Dr Swapon Halder highlighted the main goals of the campaign, saying all children under five years must take Vitamin A to prevent night blindness in children.

1,57,385 babies 12-59 months of age, will be administered red Vitamin A capsules in Khulna district, and 81,067 babies will be administered the same Vitamin A capsules in Khulna city.

3,362 volunteers will work at 1691 centers to this end.

In Rangpur,  Rangpur City Corporation  has completed all preparations to treat 1.26-lakh children between six and 59 months of age, with Vitamin A Plus capsules in the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign.

Mayor of Rangpur, Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa, disclosed the information at a press conference in his conference room to make the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign successful in the city in the morning.

The campaign will be conducted under the auspices of the Public Health and Nutrition Institute and National Nutrition Services, under the Ministry of Health and Family Planning, with UNICEF assistance.

Mayor Mostafa said 634 volunteers under 77 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 4 pm on the day.

In Munshiganj, a workshop  was held in the morning  at the civil surgeon's office  in Munshiganj town to make the programme a complete success.

Civil Surgeon Sheikh Fazle Rabbi said at the function  that 1,90, 554 babies under 6-11 months will be provided Vitamin A Plus capsules in the district.

A total of 382 health workers and 3,270  volunteers will work in six upazilas of the district.

In Pabna, Civil Surgeon Dr Mehedi Hasan said at a workshop in the district town that 3,86, 566 babies will be given  Vitamin A Plus capsules in the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign.

At least 4,628 health workers will work at 1,819 centres of the district, he added.

Our correspondent Hedait Hossain Molla, Khulna, Liakat Ali Badal, Rangpur, Tanjil Hasan, Munshiganj, and Emroze Khandakar, Pabna contributed to the story.