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Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign now on February 9

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Health Desk- Feb 08, 2019: The national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign will be observed across the country on Saturday (February 9), aiming to feed Vitamin A plus capsules to all children aged between six and 59 months.

Health Minister Zahid Malik announced the fresh date of the campaign at a press briefing at the secretariat.

On January 17, the government postponed the Vitamin A plus campaign supposed to be held on January 19 citing “unavoidable reasons”.

Under the campaign, 25.27 lakh children aged between six and 11 months will be given blue colored vitamin ‘A’ capsule while 1.95c crore children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red colored high-power capsules on that day.

Replying to a question the Health Minister said, “As a problem was detected in the Vitamin A capsules, we did not want to take any risk and we did not use those capsules. Now there is no problem.”

The campaign will be conducted through 1.20c entres across the country with the help of government and private organizations of the ministry, religious institutions, teachers and journalists.  There will be government team at launch ghats, ferry ghats, toll plaza, Bangabandhu Bridge, Daudkandi, Meghna bridges, Airports, stations and kheyaghat, said the minister.

The children of the remote areas under 240 unions in 42 upazilas of 12 districts will be fed the capsule in the next four days of the campaign day through conducting a search programme.