Vitamin A Plus campaign Saturday

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:27, Jan 09,2020


The national Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign would  be held across the country on Saturday to feed high powered Vitamin A capsules to 2.1 crore children, aged between six months to five years.

Health workers and volunteers would feed vitamin-A Plus capsules at 1.20 lakh permanent and 20 thousand mobile centres across the country from 8 am to 4 pm, health minister Zahid Maleque said Thursday.

Mobile centres will be set up at bus stoppages, airports as well as launch and railway stations to administer vitamin-A plus capsules to the children.

The government engaged at least two trained volunteers for each centre to administer the Vitamin A capsules to prevent childhood blindness, Zahid Maleque said at a press conference at his ministry.

Childhood blindness had been reduced to less than one per cent in the country by administering vitamin A plus capsules, he said.

As in previous years, one blue-colour Vitamin-A capsule would be fed to children between six to 11 months and a red-colour capsule would be fed to each child between one year to five-year.

The parents have been requested to bring their children with full stomach to the vitamin A capsule feeding centres.

Children should not be fed the capsule forcefully or while they are crying. Children aged below six months or more than five years or with any kind of sickness should not be fed the capsules.

Feeding of Vitamin-A capsule not only keep the children safe from night-blindness, it also strengthens their immune system, keeps their sight perfect, reduces child mortality rate and ensures their natural growth besides other benefits.

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