Over 2 crore children, aged between six months and five years, will be fed Vitamin A-plus capsule under a national campaign to be observed on October 5.
“The National Vitamin A-plus Campaign will be observed across the country on Saturday (Oct 5) to prevent childhood blindness and reduce child mortality and strengthen immunity,” Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque told a press briefing at his office on Wednesday.
Children, aged between six and 11 months, will be given blue-colored high-powered Vitamin A capsule while children, aged between one to five years, red-colored capsule, he said.
The minister said more than 2.10 crore children would be fed the vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent centers across the country. "Three volunteers will work at each center to make the campaign a success,’’ he said.
Besides the permanent health centers, additional 20,000 mobile centers - bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centers and kheya ghats -- will remain open from 8am to 4pm, to make sure all children are given the doses, said the minister.
Ruhal Haque suggested the guardians to bring the children to health centers after feeding them normal food. “Children who will come to health centers without taking food will not be fed the capsules.”
He said the rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down by feeding Vitamin A+ capsules twice every year.
In 1982, about 3.70 percent children were affected by night-blindness, which has come down to 0.04 percent due to the national campaign, he said.