Dhaka, Bangladesh
2.25 crore children to be fed capsules

Vitamin A plus campaign on Saturday

2.25 crore children to be fed capsules

News Report The National Vitamin-A Plus campaign will be held across the country tomorrow (Saturday). Around 2.25 crore children, aged between six months and five years, will be fed Vitamin A capsules under the national campaign on that day. 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 capsules. State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque came up with the announcement while talking to reporters at the Secretariat on Thursday. "Children will be fed the Vitamin A capsule at some 1, 20,000 permanent and 20 thousand mobile health centres across the country," Maleque added. He said mobile health centres would 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 8am to 4pm to make sure that all children are fed the capsules. At least two trained volunteers will work at each centres, he added. The state minister further said the government would run the campaign for the next four days (July 15-19) in hard to reach areas and will feed Vitamin-A capsules through 'child to child searching' programme visiting each and every homes in 240 unions under 42 upazilas in 12 districts. "All should bring their children with full stomach to be fed the Vitamin-A capsule on that day. 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 capsule," Maleque said. The state minister said the rate of children's night-blindness in the country has come down below one per cent following the distribution of Vitamin A-plus capsules regularly. "Feeding of Vitamin-A 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," Maleque added. Zahid Maleque further said for the first time, this campaign will be inaugurated outside Dhaka this year, where Health Minister Mohammed Nasim will launch the programme from Pabna 250 bed General Hospital on Saturday. In Chattrogram, over 12.62 lakh children aged below five years old will be administered vitamin 'A' Plus capsules on Saturday in the city and district. Civil surgeon Dr Mohammad Azizur Rahman Siddique disclosed this on Thursday at a press conference held at Civil Surgeon office at the south-eastern coast city. Besides, chief health officer of CCC DR Selim Akter Chowdhury in another press conference disclosed that a total of five lakh ten thousand aged below five years of old will also be administered vitamin 'A' Plus capsules on Saturday in 41 wards under Chittagong City Corporation. Over 500 supervisors including ward Commissioners of CCC will oversee the campaign. Civil surgeon office and CCC will jointly administer vitamin 'A' Plus capsules to the children. Civil surgeon office will feed vitamin 'A' plus capsules to seven lakh 52 thousand 704 while CCC will administer to over five lakh children. A total of 4,861 temporary vaccination centres will be set up by Chittagong Civil Surgeon office at 15 upazila of the district while CCC will set up 1,288 temporary centres in 41 wards to carry out the programme. Over 20,000 volunteers and health workers will engage for feeding vitamin 'A' Plus capsules to the children aged from zero to 5 years. CCC officials said several mobile teams consisting of 278 members in port city and 500 members in the district would be engaged to feed oral vaccines to the children at rail, bus and steamer stations as well as other places.

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