Call to make Vitamin A plus campaign successful
10 November 2015, Nirapad News: Speakers at a press conference here today underscored the need for making the observance of the National Vitamin A plus Campaign on November 14 a success.
Khulna Civil Surgeon Office and Khulna City Corporation (KCC) jointly organized the conference at School Health Clinic in the city to devise ways and means on how to make the program a complete success.
Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr Md. Yasin Ali Sarder, Health Officer of KCC Dr Swapon Kumar Halder, Medical Officer of Khulna CS office Dr Tanmoy Kumar Ghosh, Senior Health Education Officer of Khulna CS office Abul Kalam Azad, Representative of UNICEF Iftia Jerin and Khulna Press Club president Mokbul Hossain Mintu spoke on the occasion.
In a power-point presentation, Dr Tanmoy Ghosh stated that the main goal of the campaign is to keep the prevalence of night blindness in children less than one percent through maintaining the high coverage of vitamin A supplementation among under-five children.
In Bangladesh, he said, Vitamin A supplementation saves lives of over 50,000 under-five children per year along with reducing the severity and duration of illness like measles and diarrhea.
Besides, it keeps more than 20 million under-five children free from Vitamin A deficiency and prevents nutritional blindness like night blindness, Bitot’s spots and corneal lesions.
The press conference was told that a total of 1,42,847 babies aged 12-59 months will be administered red colour Vitamin A capsule in Khulna district while 81,067 babies in Khulna City Corporation(KCC) area.
Meanwhile, a total of 19,483 babies aged 6-11 months will be administered blue colour capsule in Khulna district while 10,775 babies in the KCC area.
In all, 5,526 volunteers will work at 2393 centers for the purpose.