Over 3.45 lakh kids to be fed vitamin-A plus capsules in Netrakona


NETRAKONA, Jan 7, 2020 (BSS) – National vitamin-A Plus campaign will be
observed in the district as elsewhere of the country on January 11.

A total of 3,45,458 children aged between six months to 59 months will be
fed vitamin-A plus capsules in 86 unions of 10 upazilas and six wards of two
municipalities under the district, civil surgeon of Netrakona Dr. Tajul Islam
revealed the information at a press briefing at his office here today.

A total of 2,264 health centres will be set up in the district to feed
Vitamin A capsules to the children from 6am to 4pm, he added.

Dr Tajul said, “We want to prevent childhood blindness by administering
vitamin-A plus capsules. Blindness problem has been reduced significantly in
the country through launching vitamin A plus campaign. Less than one percent
children now suffer from blindness for vitamin A deficiency.”

Feeding of Vitamin-A capsule not only keep the children safe from night-
blindness, it also increases their immune system, keep their eyesight
perfect, bring down the child mortality rate and ensure their natural growth
among other benefits, he added.