The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will conduct the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign across the country today.
According to the health ministry, the campaign will continue till the next 4-5 days from Saturday so that no child remains out of the campaign.The ministry has formed a central monitoring cell to oversee the overall activities of the programme while control rooms will also remain open in all districts and upazilas to monitor the vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign on Saturday.
Children aged between 6 and 59 months will be fed vitamin ‘A’ capsules during the campaign, which will continue from 8:00am to 4:00pm at 1,20,000 permanent centres and 20,000 additional mobile centres across the country, health ministry sources said.
The mobile centres will be set up at different points, including bus stands, launch and ferry terminals, airports, railway stations, river ghats, and toll plazas of bridges, particularly at Bangabandhu bridge, Daudkandi and Meghna bridges.
According to the ministry, about 25,33,000 children aged between 6 and 11 months will be given one blue-coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsule each. Another 1,93,46,000 children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given one red-coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsule during the campaign.
Children living in remote areas under 240 unions in 46 upazilas of 12 districts will be fed the capsule at fixed EPI centres in the next four to five days. The health ministry also imparted training to 2,80,000 volunteers in cities, municipalities, upazilas and unions across the country.
All parents have been requested to bring their children with full stomach to feed vitamin ‘A’ capsule to the kids. Children should not be fed the capsule forcefully or while they cry.Children aged below six months or older than five years, or those suffering from any kind of sickness, should not be fed the capsule, the ministry said.
Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque at a press conference at the health ministry conference room on Thursday said the ministry has completed all-out preparation to conduct the Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign programme across the country that will be held on June 22.
Asked about the quality of the capsules, he said, “We hope none will complain against the vitamin ‘A’ capsules to be fed this time as the capsules have been tested for several times.”
The health minister said the rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down below one percent following the distribution of vitamin A plus capsules regularly.
Health service division secretary Md Ashadul Islam, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of Directorate General of Drug Administration Major General Md Mahbubur Rahman and Additional Secretary of Health Services Division Habibur Rahman Khan were present at the press conference.