DGHS said night-blindness in Bangladesh has come down to 0.04% due to intake of Vitamin A capsules
The sick children need not to take Vitamin A-plus capsule during the ongoing countrywide campaign, they can take the capsules after getting well, said Prof Abul Kalam Azad, Directorate General of Health Services.
Prof Abul Kalam Azad said this at the national Vitamin A-plus campaign at Dhaka Shishu Hospital in city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on Saturday.
The sick children who missed the chance during the campaign can take the capsules later, as the campaign will continue for the next 10 days only for them, said Prof Abul Kalam.
Night-blindness in Bangladesh has come down to 0.04%, which means almost zero, Prof. Abul Kalam said.
“Children must take capsules in full stomach, not while they are sick. If the capsule is taken during sickness, children may face reaction. Therefore, children can be fed this capsule in the next 10 days,” said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque who was the chief guest at the function.
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He urged the Finance Minister, and the Prime Minister to increase the budget in health sector as more people are taking medical services now compared to the last few decades.
“If we invest more on the health sector, life expectancy of people will increase, and eventually it will reflect on our GDP,” said the minister.
Vitamin A-plus campaign opened Saturday
The campaign was held from 8am to 4pm at 1.20 lakh centres on Saturday.
Around 2.5 million children aged between six and 11 months will be given a blue coloured Vitamin A-plus capsule, while around 19.4 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given the red coloured high power capsules.
Mohammad Liton, father of 11 month-old and a 7 year-old children suffering from thalassemia came to Dhaka Shishu Hospital to feed his two children Vitamin A-plus capsules.
He said he learned about the campaign as he brings his children to the hospital for treatment very often.
Dr Murad Md Shamsher Tabris Khan said Vitamin A help decrease child mortality rate, and the deficiency can cause night-blindness.
A total of 20,000 mobile centers were set up at bus terminals, launch terminals, railway stations, and other key-points to make sure that all children receive the capsules.
National Professor Shahla Khatun, National Nutrition Services’ (NNS) Line Director Dr SM Mustafizur Rahman, and Additional Secretary of Health Service Parveen Akter were present at the inauguration program.