Nationwide Vitamin A plus campaign held

Staff Correspondent

23 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare conducted the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign across the country on Saturday.

According to the health ministry, the campaign will continue for the next five days so that no child misses the vitamin.

The Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus campaign at Dhaka Shishu Hospital at 8:00am on Saturday.

Children aged between 6 and 59 months were fed vitamin ‘A’ capsules during the campaign.

The campaign continued 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 were set up at different points, including bus stands, launch and ferry terminals, airports, railway stations, river stations, toll plazas of bridges etc.

The health ministry conducted the campaign for 25,33,000 children aged between 6 and 11 months. They will be given one blue-coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsule each while another 1,93,46,000 children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given one red-coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsule during the campaign.

A central monitoring cell is overseeing the activities of the programme while control rooms remained open in all districts and upazilas to monitor the vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign.

Around 2,80,000 trained volunteers worked in cities, municipalities, upazilas and unions across the country.

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.