Published:  12:25 AM, 12 January 2019

'Make vitamin 'A' plus campaign successful'

Administrative officials and health experts in Rajshahi on Wednesday unequivocally called for making the forthcoming National vitamin 'A' plus campaign successful for proper physical and mental development of the children.They mentioned that vitamin A supplement is essential for the normal functioning of the visual system and reduction of children mortality and morbidity, reports BSS.

They were addressing a divisional level advocacy and planning meeting here today to make January 19 National vitamin 'A' plus campaign-2019 (second round) successful. Office of the Divisional Director of Health organised the meeting at its conference hall in association with Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) and National Nutrition Services.

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 respective keynote presentations Dr Naznin Sultana, Assistant Professor of Department of Pediatrics in Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital, and Dr AKM Kamruzzaman, EPI Divisional Coordinator of World Health Organization, highlighted the aspects of vitamin-A supplementation.Dr Bibhash Chandra Mani, Deputy Director and Programme Manager of IPHN, spoke on the occasion as focal person.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman and Principal of Rajshahi Medical College Professor Dr Nawshad Ali addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively with Divisional Director-in-Charge of Health Dr. Gopendra Nath Acharya in the chair.

Superintendent of Police Abdus Salam, Deputy Director of Department of Information Md Shamsuzzaman, Divisional Director of Department of Secondary and Higher Education Towhid Ara and Chief Health Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation Dr Anjuman Ara Begum also spoke.Dr Naznin Sultana said the vitamin 'A' plus supplement is helpful for reducing the severity of illnesses with pneumonia and diarrhea.

Referring to the WHO guideline, she said that the children should be administered vitamin A supplement at the age of six months but unfortunately, children aged between 6 and 9 months in the country do not get the supplement despite various interventions.

Chief Guest Nur-Ur-Rahman urged the district-level officials to organize orientation for volunteers at union-level one week before the campaign so that they could do the work properly and effectively.

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