Health Desk—August 5, 2017: Health experts at a ceremony in Rangpur said Vitamin A increases disease resistant capacity of the under-five babies, reduces their death risks, prevents night blindness and other diseases.
They came up with the opinion at the inaugural ceremony of the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign 5 August- 2017 (first round) at Guptapara in the city on Saturday.
Rangpur City Corporation Mayor Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu formally launched the campaign by administering Vitamin A Plus Capsules to a number of under-five babies as the chief guest.
Divisional Director (Health) Dr Md Mozammel Hossain presided over the ceremony.
Medical officer of Rangpur Divisional Surveillance Team of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Shamim Hossain, chief health officer of RpCC Dr Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz and its Health Inspector Abdul Kaiyum also addressed.
Dr Shamim Hossain narrated importance of providing Vitamin A Plus Capsule to every under five baby to prevent their various diseases for healthier growth.
Dr Kamruzzaman Ibne Taz laid emphasis on providing Vitamin A Plus Capsule to every under-five baby to increase their disease resistant capacities for further reducing infant mortality rate and preventing night blindness.
Dr Mozammel Hossain said Vitamin A Plus Capsule has no side effect in general and asked the parents not to become afraid and contact the health officials concerned if their babies would show vomiting tendency after taking the capsule.
"Supplementation of Vitamin A also reduces 30 percent measles-related and 33 percent diarrhoea-related death risks of the under-five babies," Dr Hossain added.
According to RpCC sources, 675 supervisors and volunteers are providing Vitamin A Plus Capsules to 1.26 lakh under five babies at 295 outreach centres in addition to eights satellite teams in all 33 wards of the city on Saturday.
Mayor Jhantu asked the parents, teachers, public representatives and civil society members to make the campaign successful.