Vitamin A Plus campaign on June 22

DHAKA, The national Vitamin 'A' plus campaign will

be observed across the country June 22 where children, aged between six

months to 59 months, will be fed Vitamin A capsules under the nationwide

campaign on the day.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleaque said this while

briefed the press at the conference room of the Ministry at Secretariat.

Secretary Asadul Islam and Director General of Health Services Prof Dr

Abul Kalam Azad were present among others.

Zahid said health workers and volunteers will feed the vitaminA Plus

capsules from 1.20 lakh permanent and 20 thousand mobile centres across the

country which will remain open from 8 am to 4 pm.

He said mobile centres will be set up at bus stops, airports and launch

terminals and other transport points to administer the children vitaminA

plus capsules.

The Minsiter said, We want to prevent childhood blindness by

administering vitaminA 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.

Among the total children, around 25 lakh aged between six to 11 months

will be fed one blue colour VitaminA capsule each, while around 1.94 crore

babies aged between 12 to 59 months would be fed red color capsules.

At least two trained volunteers would work at each centre.

The parents are requested to bring their children with full stomach to

be fed the VitaminA capsule. 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.

The rate of children's nightblindness in the country has come down

below one per cent following the distribution of Vitamin Aplus capsules

regularly.

Feeding of VitaminA capsule not only keep the children safe from night

blindness, it also increases their immune system, keep their eyesight

perfect, bring down the child mortality rate and ensure their natural growth

among other benefits.

We are feeding vitamin A plus capsule two times a year as it deposits

up to six months in children's body. Alongside having vitamin A plus capsule,

guardians should feed their children natural foods including vegetable and

fish to avoid vitamin A deficiency, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)