Preparation complete for Vitamin A Plus Campaign in Rangpur

Preparation complete for Vitamin A Plus Campaign in Rangpur

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The district health administration has completed preparations to make the National Vitamin A Plus and de-worming Campaign 25 April-2015 for the 4,68,675 under five babies successful in the district on April 25 next.Civil Surgeon of Rangpur Dr Mozammel Hossain disclosed the information at a press briefing arranged at his conference room in the city late this afternoon and sought cooperation of the media in making the campaign successful.The campaign will be conducted under the auspices of the Public Health & Nutrition Institute (PHNI) and National Nutrition Services (NNS) under the Ministry of Health and Family Planning and assistance of the UNICEF.Under the Campaign, one dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Blue capsule will be administered among 57,979 babies aged between 6 and 11 months and one dose two lakh unit Vitamin A Red capsule among 4,10,696 babies aged between 12 and 59 months.Of them, 22,000 babies in the 6 to 11 months age group will be given one dose Vitamin A Blue capsule and 1,10,000 babies aged 12 months to 59 months will be administered one dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Blue capsule in all 33 wards under Rangpur City Corporation (RCC).Besides, 35,979 babies of 6-11 months age group will be fed one dose Vitamin A Blue capsule and 3,00,696 babies aged 12 months to 59 months will be given one dose of one lakh unit Vitamin A Blue capsule in all 76 unions under eight upazilas in the district.A total of 7,873 health and family welfare assistants and 534 trained supervisors will work at 2,268 centres in the city and 76 unions and special arrangements will be made at the bus terminals, rail stations and other places to make the campaign a success.Medical Officer of the Civil Surgeon Office Dr Ruhul Amin and District Medical Immunisation Officer Dr Shafikul Islam also addressed the briefing participated by a large number of journalists from the print, electronic and online media.The Civil Surgeon informed the journalists that the campaign will be conducted to reduce death risks of babies, save them from blindness caused by shortages of Vitamin A and disseminate knowledge among mass people about nutritional aspects for children.He said Vitamin A can prevent mal-nutritional blindness especially night blindness, bitot’s spots and corneal lesions and also narrated importance for continuation of Vitamin A supplementation for healthier growth of the children, the future of the nation.BSS, Rangpur

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