Over 2.20 crore children, aged between six months and five years, will be fed Vitamin A plus capsules under a national campaign on Saturday.
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, said state minister for health Zahid Maleque on Thursday at a news conference at secretariat in the capital.
Institute of Public Health and Nutrition will coordinate the campaign.
Vitamin A is crucial to preventing childhood blindness and reducing child mortality. Vitamin A also increases the immunity of children and reduces the complexity of diarrhoea and measles, doctors said.
Children will be fed the Vitamin A capsule at some 1.20 lakh permanent health centres across the country by 2.8 lakh health workers, the minister said.
Besides, an additional 20,000 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, he said.
IPHN director Samir Kanti Sarkar told New Age that the children who had been administered the Vitamin A within four months need not the vitamin.
He said sometimes the mothers consider vitamin a good thing and administer the vitamin during the campaign even twice or more which was not good for the babies’ health.
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