Vitamin A plus campaign today

Dhaka,  Sat,  19 August 2017
Published : 04 Aug 2017, 22:15:10
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Vitamin A plus campaign today

Around 22.5 million children aged between six months and five years will be fed Vitamin A plus capsule under a national campaign today (Saturday) to prevent childhood blindness and reduce child mortality, reports BSS.

Health Minister Mohammad Nasim will inaugurate the campaign feeding

Vitamin A capsule and deworming tablet to some kids at Shishu Hospital in the city's Agargaon area, said a press release. Children aged between six and 11 months will be given the blue-coloured high-powered Vitamin A capsule while children aged between 12 and 59 months will receive the red-coloured one.

Children, according to the release, will be fed Vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent health centres and 20,000 mobile centres across the country.

Vitamin A supplementation contributes to build the immune system, helping children to better cope with common infections. The supplementation also helps children to grow faster, to be less anaemic and reduces the mortality rate, said Unicef.

Another Chapainawabganj report adds: A total of 200,809 children aging from six months to 59 months will be administered Vitamin A Plus in five upazilas of the district today.

According to the civil surgeon's office sources, the number of children from six months to 11 months is 23,843 and the number of children from 12 months to 59 months is 176,966.
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