The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will observe the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign across the country on Saturday.
“We are going to start Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign on February 9. Around 2 crore and 50 lakh children will be fed Vitamin ‘A’ capsule across the country,” said Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque.He made the announcement at a press conference at Secretariat in the capital on Thursday.
He mentioned that the programme would be conducted from 1,20,000 permanent centres and many other mobile centres to be set up at different points, including bus stations, railway stations and launch terminals across the country, that will start at 8:00am and continue till 4:00pm on Saturday.
“Sometimes, conspiring syndicate opposes this campaign and spreads rumour. We hope no one will pay attention to any rumour in this regard,” the minister said.
According to a written statement of the health ministry, about 25,47,000 children aged 6-11 months will be given one blue-coloured Vitamin ‘A’ capsule on Saturday. Alongside, 1,95,07,000 children aged 12-59 months will be given one red-coloured Vitamin ‘A’ capsule under the campaign.
It said the campaign will be conducted at a time from 1,20,000 permanent centres and 20,000 more mobile centres across the country. The mobile centres will be set up at different points, including bus stand, launch terminal, ferry terminal, toll plaza of bridges, particularly at Bangabandhu bridge, Daudkandi and Meghna bridges, airports, rail stations and boat terminals.
The health ministry further said it has already taken all necessary preparations to implement the Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign while it has completed training of 2,80,000 volunteers in cities, upazilas and unions across the country.State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Murad Hassan, Health Services Division Secretary Md Ashadul Islam, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division Secretary GM Saleh Uddin and Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad, DG of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), were present at the press conference, among others.