Nationwide Vitamin A+ campaign on Oct 4-17 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 24, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:57 AM, September 24, 2020

Nationwide Vitamin A+ campaign on Oct 4-17

A nationwide Vitamin A-plus campaign is set to be held from October 4 to 17, with an aim to administer vitamin capsules to children aged between 6 and 59 months.

Around 2.93 lakh health workers and volunteers will feed the capsules to around 22 million children at 1.2 lakh permanent centres in rural and urban areas from 8am to 4pm.

This time, there will be no makeshift or mobile centres used for the campaign.

The campaign will be held in different centres on different days. The date for any certain area will be announced locally three days earlier.

"Due to Covid-19 outbreak, we postponed this campaign in June. We feared we could not bring all children under the campaign coverage. Now, we hope we can reach more than 90 percent children," said Dr SM Mostafizur Rahman, line director of the Institute of Public Health and Nutrition, during a press conference in Dhaka yesterday.

He said all the workers involved in the campaign will be provided with surgical masks to stay safe.

Some 2.4 million children aged between 6 and 12 months will be given blue capsules, while around 19.3 million aged between 1 and 5 years red capsules.

Children aged below six months or over five years or with any kind of illness should not be given the capsules.

Health workers will also go door to door to feed the capsules to those who will miss the campaign, officials said.

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