The Vitamin A plus campaign will be observed across the country today, with an aim to feed all children, aged between six months and five years, Vitamin A capsules under the nationwide event.
Health workers and volunteers will feed the capsules to around 2.2 crore children at 1.20 lakh permanent and 20,000 mobile centres, to be remained open from 8am to 4pm.
Mobile centres will be set up at bus stops, airports and launch terminals and other transport points. At least two trained volunteers will work at each centre.
Around 25 lakh children aged between six and 11 months will be given one blue vitamin A capsule each, while around 1.95 crore aged between 12 and 59 months would be given red ones.
Parents are requested make sure that children are fed Vitamin A capsules on a full stomach. Also, they should not be given the vitamin forcibly or while crying. Children below six months or more than five years or with any kind of illness should not be administered the capsule.
According to officials, the rate of children’s night-blindness in the country has come down below one percent following the regular distribution of vitamin A capsules.
Giving children vitamin A capsule not only keeps them safe from night-blindness, but also enhances their immune system, keep their eyesight perfect, bring down child mortality rate and ensure their natural growth, they added.