60,533 children to get vitamin A Plus capsules in Rajshahi city

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RAJSHAHI, Aug 3, 2017 (BSS)-Around 60,533 children under five years of age will be administered vitamin ‘A’ Plus capsules on National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign-2017, on August 5 (1st round) in the city.

The campaign will begin at 8am at 384 centres, including 343 permanent and 41 mobile ones, simultaneously and continue till 4pm.

Over 784 volunteers including family welfare assistants and health assistants would be engaged for giving vitamin ‘A’ Plus capsules to the children.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) authority revealed this at a pre-campaign press conference here this afternoon.

City Mayor Mosaddique Hossain Bulbul, Panel Mayor Nurun Nahar, Ward Councilors Momtaj Mohal and Nasira Khanom addressed the press conference.

“We have full preparations to make the forthcoming the August 5 National Vitamin ‘A’ plus Campaign-2017 a total success,” he added. He, however, said media support is very important to make the campaign successful.

During her concept paper presentation, Chief Health Officer Dr Anzuman Ara Begum mentioned that vitamin ‘A’ supplementation is essential for the normal functioning of the visual system, maintenance of cell function for growth, red blood cell production, immunity and reproduction.

It’s also very important for reduction of the diarrheal attack and prevention of post-measles blindness.

Dr Anzuman Ara said the media has a vital role in making the campaign a total success. It can prevent any kind of rumor relating to the campaign through objective reporting. She sought all-out cooperation from the newsmen in this regard.

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