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National Vitamin-A Plus campaign on Dec 10

National Vitamin-A Plus campaign will be

conducted on December 10 to feed over 2.10 crore children aged between six months to 59 months vitamin-A Plus capsule to prevent childhood blindness and reduce child mortality in the country.

Under the campaign, children aged between six months and 11 months will be given capsule with blue color while children aged between 12 and 59 months will be administered with red color capsule on the day, State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque told a press briefing in the conference room of his ministry here today.

He said health workers and volunteers will feed the vitamin-A Plus

capsules from 1.20 lakh permanent centres and 20 thousand mobile centres across the country. The centres will remain open from 8am to 4pm, he added.

Zahid said mobile centres will be set up at bus stops, airports and launch terminals and different other transport points to administer the children vitamin-A plus capsules.

He said, "We want to prevent childhood blindness by administering vitamin-A plus capsule. Blindness problem has been reduced significantly in the country through launching vitamin A plus campaign. Less than one percent children now suffer from blindness for vitamin A deficiency."

According to the health experts, Vitamin-A deficiency is a serious threat for both mother and children's health.

The impact of vitamin-A deficiency is not limited to only blindness. It increases death risk by causing various diseases, they added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)