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Vitamin A plus campaign on Saturday

WT Desk

The National Vitamin-A Plus campaign will be held across the country on Saturday, aiming to feed Vitamin A plus capsules to all children aged from six months to 59 months, Agencies report.

Around 25 lakh children, aged between six months and 11 months and around 1.94 crore children, aged between 12 months and 59months, will be fed the capsules under the national programme.

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jahid Malek came up with the announcement while talking to reporters at the secretariat on Thursday.

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.

The state minister said children will be fed vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent health centres across the country.

Besides, 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, he said.

Two trained volunteers will work at each centre, he said.

The rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down below one percent following the distribution of Vitamin A plus capsules regularly.

The campaign in the remote areas under 240 unions in 42 upazilas of 12 districts will be held from July 15-19 under special arrangements.

Health Minister Mohammad Nasim will inaugurate the programme from Pabna 250 bed General Hospital on Saturday.

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