Vitamin A+ campaign postponed

Staff Correspondent

19 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government has postponed the vitamin A Plus campaign across the country slated for today (Saturday).

The Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) announced the decision citing “unavoidable circumstances.”

 It said a new date for the campaign will be announced later through media release.

Sources at Directorate General of Health Services said capsules got attached to each other in some packs, but test report shows no problem with quality.

Children aged from six to 11 months get one blue capsule while those between 12 months to 59 months get one high-powered red capsule twice a year.

Vitamin A capsule is fed to children as supplementary nutrition which is vital for their growth and development.

This helps reduce child mortality, strengthen children’s immune system and control frequency of diarrhea and prevent night blindness.

Bangladesh has been able to cut night blindness to 0.04 percent in recent years compared to 3.76 percent in 1982 by feeding this capsule to children.

Mentionable, less than one percent children now suffer from blindness problem while the percentage of blindness for vitamin A deficiency was 3.74 in 1974, according to health experts.

The impact of vitamin-A deficiency is not limited to only blindness, the experts said adding it increases death risk by causing various diseases.