DHAKA, Feb 9, 2019 (BSS) – The national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign is being observed across the country today, aiming to feed Vitamin A plus capsules
to all children aged between six months to 59 months.
Around 2.25 crore children, aged between six months to 59 months, will be
fed Vitamin A capsules under the nationwide campaign today.
Among the total children, around 25 lakh aged between six to 11 months
will be fed one blue colour Vitamin-A capsule each, while around 1.94 crore
babies aged between 12 to 59 months would be fed red color capsules.
They are being fed the Vitamin A capsule at some 1, 20,000 permanent and 20
thousand mobile health centres across the country.
Mobile health centres have been set up at bus stands, railway stations,
launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheya
ghats which will remain open from 8am to 4pm to make sure that all children
are fed the capsules.
At least two trained volunteers are working at each centre.
The parents are requested to bring their children with full stomach to be
fed the Vitamin-A capsule. Children should not be fed the capsule forcefully
or while they are crying. Children aged below six months or more than five
years or with any kind of sickness should not be fed the capsules.
The rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down below
one per cent following the distribution of Vitamin A-plus capsules regularly.
Feeding of Vitamin-A capsule not only keep the children safe from night-
blindness, it also increases their immune system, keep their eyesight
perfect, bring down the child mortality rate and ensure their natural growth
among other benefits.