The National Vitamin A Plus Campaign was observed across the country on Saturday with a view to preventing childhood blindness, reducing child mortality rate and strengthening immunity.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare conducted the campaign.Children aged 6-59 months were fed vitamin ‘A’ capsules during the campaign, which started at 8:00am and lasted till 4:00pm at 120,000 permanent centres and more 20 mobile centres across the country.
The mobile centres were set up at different points, including bus stands, launch and ferry terminals, airports, rail stations, river ghats and toll plazas of bridges, particularly of Bangabandhu Bridge
Children living in remote areas under 240 unions in 46 upazilas of 12 districts will be fed the capsule in the next four days till February 13.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign through releasing colourful balloons at Dhaka Shishu Hospital in the capital in the morning. State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Murad Hassan was also present there.
According to health ministry sources, around 25,47,000 children aged 6-11 months were supposed to be given one blue-colour Vitamin ‘A’ capsule each and 1,95,07,000 more children aged 12-59 months were scheduled to be given one red-colour Vitamin ‘A’ capsule in the campaign.
“We have successfully observed the countrywide Vitamin A Plus campaign with cooperation of all concerned as we got no complaint from any area of the country. It will take around a week to tell how many children were covered by the campaign,” IPHN director Md Yunus told the daily sun.The health ministry assigned around trained 2,80,000 volunteers in cities, upazilas and unions across the country to conduct the Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign, sources said. At least two trained volunteers worked at each centre in the campaign.