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65,432 babies to get vitamin ‘A’ capsules in Rajshahi city


By BSS
Published : 26 May 2024 10:21 PM | Updated : 26 May 2024 10:23 PM

A total of 65,432 babies will be fed vitamin ‘A’ capsules in Rajshahi city during the forthcoming National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign-2024 scheduled to be held on June 1.

Of those, 8,868 babies aged between six to eleven months will be administered one blue-coloured ‘A’ capsule each, while another 56,564 babies from 12 to 59 months red-coloured capsule.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) authority revealed this in an advocacy and planning meeting held at the city bhaban conference hall ahead of the campaign on Sunday.

 RCC Chief Executive Officer Dr ABM Sharif Uddin addressed the meeting as chief guest with Ward Councilor Towhidul Haque Suman in the chair. Among others, Assistant Director of Health Services Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Medical Officer Dr Tamanna Kabir also spoke.

 During her keynote presentation, RCC Chief Health Officer Dr Anjuman Ara Begum said vitamin ‘A’ supplement is essential for the normal functioning of the visual system, maintenance of cell function for growth, red blood cell production, immunity and reproduction.

The supplementation is also important for substantial reduction of death rate caused by diarrhea and measles. Besides, various problems including eyesight and night blindness could be prevented and cured through successful implementation of the campaign, Dr Anjuman Ara said, adding that the vitamin 'A' plus supplement is helpful for reducing the severity and duration of illnesses associated with pneumonia and diarrhea.

 Referring to the WHO guidelines, she said children should begin vitamin ‘A’ supplement at the age of six months.  She also said the programme will be conducted in 384 centres including 343 permanent and 41 mobile ones in the city. Some 768 health workers will remain appointed in the centres for administering the capsules properly.