Integrated efforts for successful vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign stressed

Integrated efforts need to be taken by all
government and non-government entities to make the forthcoming July 14
National vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign-2018 (1st round) a total success.

Vitamin ‘A’ supplement is essential for the normal functioning of eyes,
maintenance of cell function for growth, red blood cell production, immunity
and reproduction.

The observation came at a divisional advocacy and planning meeting at the
conference hall of Divisional Directorate of Health Office in Rajshahi city
today.

Attending the meeting health experts, administrative officials and
nutritionists urged the field level workers to make the campaign a total
success for building a healthy nation.

Office of the Divisional Directorate of Health organised the meeting in
association with Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) and Department
of Primary Healthcare ahead of the campaign

Administrative officials, Civil Surgeons and Deputy Directors of
Department of Family Planning and other stakeholders from eight districts and
local level government and non-government officials and others concerned were
present at the meeting.

During their concept-paper presentations Dr Gopendra Nath Acharya, Dr
Abdur Rahman and Dr Abul Khayer Rafiqul Islam highlighted the aspects of
vitamin-A supplementation.

Chaired by Divisional Director of Health Dr Anisur Rahman, the meeting was
addressed, among others, by Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi division
Aminul Islam, Director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) Brig Gen
Jamilur Rahman and Superintendent of Police Belayet Hossain.

Aminul Islam urged the district-level officials to organise orientation for
volunteers at union-level one week before the campaign so that they could do
the work properly and effectively.

Utmost emphasis should be given in this regard so that any targeted
children isn’t dropped out of the campaign, he said, adding the national
Vitamin A plus campaign will be observed across the country to prevent
childhood blindness, reducing child mortality and strengthening immunity.

The meeting was told that the children aged six months to 11 months will
be given blue-coloured capsule of high powered Vitamin A and children aged
one year to five will be administered red-coloured capsule of high-powered
Vitamin A.