2 crore children to get Vitamin A on Saturday

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:32, Jun 21,2019


About two crore children, aged between six months and five years, will be administered Vitamin A plus capsules under a national campaign on Saturday.
Children, aged between six to 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.
The minister said the children in Dhaka, Barishal and Mymensingh divisions and in the city corporations in Dhaka, Gazipur, Mymensingh, Narayanganj and Barishal will be given blue coloured capsules only.
For this, the children between six and 11 months will be given one blue coloured Vitamin A campuses while children aged between 12-59 months will be given two blue coloured Vitamin A capsules, he said.
A blue coloured Vitamin A capsule contains 1 lakh iu dose and the red coloured Vitamin A capsule contains 2 lakh iu dose.
Vitamin A is crucial to prevent childhood blindness and to reduce child mortality. Vitamin A also increases the immunity in 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 were administered the capsules, he said.
The children who had been administered the Vitamin A within four months did not need the vitamin, doctors said.
Sometimes the mothers consider that vitamin is good and administer vitamins during the campaign even twice or more time which was not good for the babies’ health, they said.

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