2.10cr children to take vitamin A capsules Saturday

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08 Dec 2016 23:27 PM

Over 2.10 crore children, aged between six months and five years, will be fed vitamin A-plus capsules on Saturday under a national campaign, UNB reports.

Children, aged between six and 11 months, will be given the blue-coloured high-powered vitamin A capsules, while those, aged between 12 to 59 months, will receive the red-coloured ones.

The children will be fed the vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent health centres across the country and 20,000 mobile centres at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheya ghats, said State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque on Thursday.

“Three volunteers will work at each centre to make the campaign a success,” he said adding that the rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down below one percent following the distribution of Vitamin A-plus regularly.

The junior minister said the children of remote and impassable areas will be given the capsules from December 11-14 under special arrangements.

Vitamin A also increases the immunity of children and reduce the complications of diarrhoea and measles.

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