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5 lakh children to get vitamin A+ caps in Dhaka today

Staff Reporter:

A total of 5,26,240 children in six upazilas of Dhaka district will be administered vitamin A plus cap-sules today.
“Children aged 6-11 months will be fed blue color capsules while children aged 12-59 months will be administered red color capsules,” Dr Yasmin Nahar, deputy civil surgeon of Dhaka district, told at a press briefing at the Dhaka district civil service office.
She said, “78,082 children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue color capsule and 4,52,158 children aged 12-36 months will be administered red color capsule.”
The health ministry sources said blindness problem has reduced significantly in the country due to feed-ing of vitamin A-plus capsules.
After independence of the country, over 4 percent children suffered from blindness for vitamin A defi-ciency but now only 0.01 per cent children suffer from blindness problem, it added.
A total of 40,000 health workers have been attached at 1.12 lakh centers to make the campaign a success.
Vitamin A deficiency is a serious threat to both mother and child health, they said, adding that the im-pact of vitamin A deficiency is not only limited to blindness but also increases death risk by causing var-ious diseases.

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