Probe body to submit report today
The investigation committee formed to find out the links between the Vitamin A Plus campaign and children's illness, such as diarrhoea, stomachache and nausea, will submit the report today.
The committee is mainly investigating the technical issues.
Following a visit to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, Bhanga, Sadarpur and Charbhodrason health complexes and talking to the local people and UNOs and chairmen, the committee members found that the situation has become almost normal by this time.
“Even the outbreak of diarrhoea this year is comparatively low than that of the previous year as per the hospital records,” said Dr ABM Jahangir Alam, director of Primary Healthcare and head of the five-member probe body, told The Daily Star yesterday.
He further said that the committee would submit the report to the government this afternoon.
Talking to the media after laying the foundation stone of Bangladesh College of Physiotherapy at Mohakhali, Health Minister Prof AFM Ruhal Haque also said, "The investigation is going on. We will get the report within 24 hours."
Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner of Faridpur also formed a three-member committee to find out the people responsible for creating panic among the people by using loudspeakers, according to our Faridpur correspondent.
"Although the national vitamin A campaign was scheduled for June 6, it was launched two days earlier at Char Shalipur and Char Hazar Bigah under Charbhodrason upazila considering the remoteness of the areas. We will investigate the matter. It may flout the programme schedule, but it has no connection with sickness,” Dr Jahangir said.
Our Munshiganj correspondent adds: the situation of diarrhoea in Munshiganj is also normal now and an investigation committee will be formed soon to investigate the death of Urmi, a seven-year-old girl, of Ballalbari village at Sadar upazila.