Over 2 lakh children to be fed vitamin-A in C’nawabganj

17 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

C’NAWABGANJ: A total of 2,05,578 children would be administered vitamin-A plus capsules in Chapainawabganj district as part of the National vitamin A plus campaign on June 22, reports BSS.

This was revealed by Civil Surgeon of Chapainawabganj district hospital Dr. Md. Saiful Ferdous Khairul Ataturk in a press briefing on Sunday. A simple function was arranged on the occasion at the conference room of the civil surgeon. Physicians, healthcare providers and officials, among others, were present at the function.

Sultana, Jamalpur district nutrition coordinator and representative of UNICEF Zakir Hossain and Chapainawabganj district superintendent of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Amirul Islam Jibon also attended the function.

At the press conference, it was revealed that a total of 24,624 children from 6 to 11 months and 1,80,954 children from 12 to 59 months would be immunized in 1,201 vaccination points in the district.

The first group of children would be given blue coloured capsules and the second group of children would be given red coloured capsules.

It was further disclosed that 190 health assistants, 237 family welfare assistants and 2,402 volunteers will be engaged in the campaign.

Heath experts said that blindness problem was significantly reduced in the country through launching vitamin A plus campaign, they said less than one percent children now suffers from blindness problem while the percentage of blindness for vitamin-A deficiency was 3.74 in 1974.

“We are feeding vitamin-A plus capsules two times. Besides, guardians should feed their children natural food including vegetables and fish to avoid vitamin-A deficiency,” Dr Saiful added.