14 lakh children to be given vitamin A plus capsule in Ctg
CHITTAGONG, May 31 (BSS)- Nearly 14 lakh children under five will be given vitamin A Plus capsules during National Vitamin A plus campaign -12 on June 2 in the city and district.
The campaign will start at 8am and continue up to 4pm without any intermission.
Over 700 supervisors including Commissioners of 41 wards will supervise the ‘A’ Plus campaign in their respective jurisdictions in the port city.
A total of 4992 temporary vaccination centres will be set up by Chittagong Civil Surgeon office in all 14 upazilas in Chittagong while Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will set up 1248 temporary centres in its 41 wards to carry out the programme.
Over 25000 volunteers and health workers including 4848 by CCC would be engaged for giving vitamin ‘A’ Plus capsules to the children up to 5 years while one worming tablet would be given to each aged between 2 and 5 years.
Besides, 1200 volunteers and health workers in CCC area and 4850 in 14 upazilas in the district will carry out the drive in the following four days from June 3 as a follow- up programme, visiting households to cover up drop- out children, CCC and civil surgeon office sources said.
CCC sources said several mobile teams consisting of 278 members in port city and 580 members in the district have been engaged to feed oral vaccines to the children at rail, bus and steamer stations as well as other places of makeshift living.
CCC mayor M Manjur Alam will formally inaugurate the day’s programmes on June 2.
Dr Mohammad Selim, Chief health officer of CCC, in a press conference disclosed this at a press conference this noon.
All set for Vitamin A Plus Campaign in Rangpur division
RANGPUR, May 31 (BSS) – All preparations have been completed for conducting Vitamin A Plus Campaign in all 58 upazilas under eight districts of Rangpur division on June 2 next, officials said here today.
A total of 20,33,095 under-5 children will be administered with Vitamin A Plus Capsule and of them, 3,24,232 babies between six and 11 months and 17,08,863 others between 1 and five years will be given Vitamin A Plus Blue Capsules and Red Capsules respectively.
Besides, 15,84,018 children of 2 to 5 years age group of them will be given deworming Albendazole tablets on the day, Divisional Director (Health) Dr Shahadat Hossain told BSS this noon.
All Civil Surgeons and Upazila Heath and Family Planning Officers in association with different GOB-NGOs have taken all necessary steps to make the campaign successful in the division, he said.
Divisional Commissioner Jashim Uddin Ahmed, Divisional Director (Health) Dr Shahadat Hossain, Deputy Commissioners, Civil Surgeons, Deputy Directors of Family Planning Department and other officials are expected to inaugurate the campaign in different districts.
The campaign will be conducted under the auspices of Institute of Public Health Nutrition, National Nutrition Services and Family Planning Directorate under the Health and Family Welfare Ministry with the assistances of UNICEF and World Health Organisation. Dr Shahadat Hossain said the campaign is aimed at reducing death risks of babies, preventing night blindness, bitot’s spots, corneal lesions and weight losses, poor growth and anemia from worm infestations to ensure healthy growth of the children.
A total of 40,740 volunteers and 5,228 supervisors will work at 352 hard to reach centres, 538 union offices and 13,580 other sites in all 58 upazilas in Rangpur division to make the campaign successful, he added.