VitaminA+ campaign gets underway
14 November 2015, Nirapad News: The National Campaign to tackle Vitamin A deficiency among children in the age group of 6 to 59 months began across the country on Saturday (November 14).
More than 2.40 crore children are being fed vitamin ‘A’ capsule through 1,40,000 centres, including 20,000 mobile centres,
The makeshift centers set up at bus stands, rail stations, airports, launch terminals and toll plazas of big bridges so that not a single child is left out.
Children, aged 6 to 11 months, are being given a blue colored vitamin A capsule while children, aged from 12 to 59 months are getting red colored Vitamin-A+ capsule.
This campaign will go on from 8am to 4pm, said State minister for health Zahid Maleque said at a press conference at the health and family welfare ministry on Thursday.
The state minister said through the campaign, the rate of Vitamin-A capsule feeding has reached cent percent and night blindness disease, caused by Vitamin-A deficiency, dropped below 1 percent.
Special measures have been taken in remote areas to make the campaign a success, said the state minister.
He further said that control room will remain open whole day in every district and upazila to monitor the campaign.