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Over 2cr children to be fed vitamin A plus capsules on Saturday

Over 2cr children to be fed vitamin A plus capsules on Saturday

The National Vitamin A-plus campaign will be conducted on Saturday (Jun 1) with a target to feed vitamin A-plus capsules to over 2.22 crore children, aged between six months and 59 months, to prevent childhood blindness and reduce child mortality in the country. "Feeding Vitamin A capsules prevents blindness in children, ensures normal growth, reduces all types of child mortality by 24 percent and significantly reduces mortality from measles, diarrhoea and pneumonia," Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam told a press briefing in Dhaka on Thursday (May 30), local media reported.

The vitamin A plus campaign will be conducted later in cyclone-hit coastal regions, Khurshids said.

Under the campaign, 27 lakh children, aged between six months and 11 months, will be given blue-colored vitamin A-plus capsules while 1.95 crore children, aged between 12 and 59 months, will be administered red-colored capsules on the day.

Khurshid urged the people to feed vitamin A-plus capsule to their children for ensuring that not a single child is left out of getting the vitamin capsules. "We can cut 24 percent child mortality from the country through successful implementation of the campaign," he added.

Blindness problem has reduced significantly in the country due to feeding of vitamin A-plus capsules, he added.

After independence of the country, over 4 percent children suffered from blindness for vitamin A deficiency, while now only 0.01 per cent children suffer from blindness, the DGHS DG added.

A total of 240,000 volunteers and 40,000 health workers will work in the countrywide campaign to administer Vitamin A capsules at all health complexes and mobile health centres throughout the day, Khurshid said.

Vitamin A deficiency is a serious threat to both mother and child's health, health experts said, adding that the impact of vitamin A deficiency is not only limited to blindness, but also increases death risk by causing various diseases.