Vitamin A increases disease resistance among babies: Experts

9th February, 2019 10:10:15 printer

RANGPUR: Health experts on Saturday said Vitamin A increases disease resistant capacities of the under-five babies to reduce their death risks side by side with preventing night blindness and other diseases.

They were addressing separate functions arranged for inaugurating the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign- 2019 by administering Vitamin A Plus Capsules to the under five babies in the district, reports BSS.

The campaign continued from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa launched the campaign by administering Vitamin A Plus Capsules to some under-five babies at a function held at City Bhaban premises as the chief guest.

Presided over by RpCC Secretary Abu Saleh Md Musa Jongi, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz attended the event. Divisional Director (Health) Dr Amal Chandra Saha inaugurated the campaign at another function held at Shahbazpur Community Clinic in Sadar upazila as the chief guest.

With Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam in the chair, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Kaniz Sabiha attended the function. Talking to BSS, Dr Taz said 634 volunteers under supervisions of 77 supervisors and eight satellite monitoring teams provided Vitamin A Plus Capsules at 295 outreach centres in all 33 wards of the city.

“Some 19,233 babies (six to 11 months) got one dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Plus Blue Capsule each and one lakh six thousand and 996 babies (12 to 59 months) got one dose of two lakh unit of Vitamin A Red Capsule each respectively today,” he added.

Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam told BSS that over 3.54-lakh under five babies (6 to 59 months) were immunised at 1,832 outreach centres in the district today.  Each of the 38,548 babies (6 to 11 months) got one dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Blue Capsule each while over 3.15-lakh babies (12 to 59 months) got one dose of two lakh unit Vitamin ‘A’ Red Capsule.

“Some 4,926 volunteers, health workers and family welfare assistants conducted the campaign and special steps were taken at bus stands and other places to make the campaign a success,” Dr Islam added.

Dr Saha narrated the importance for continuation of Vitamin A supplementation for babies saying that Vitamin ‘A’ effectively prevents mal-nutritional blindness, especially night blindness, bitot’s spots and corneal lesions.