The rate of night blindness disease has been decreased to .04 per cent from 3.76 per cent in the country, as the government involved feeding Vitamin ‘A’ capsules to children across the country.
The country will observe the National Vitamin A-plus Campaign tomorrow (Saturday) to prevent childhood blindness and reduce child mortality and strengthen immunity.
In a message, President M Abdul Hamid today hailed the Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) for taking initiative to administer Vitamin A capsule to 6-59 months Children through Vitamin A-Plus Campaign.
He hoped that the initiative would continue to protect children from night blindness disease and blind related malnutrition problem.
In another message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the vitamin a campaign has been started in 1974 to feed high powered Vitamin A capsule to children aged from 6-59 months twice in a year.
“With the feeding of the Vitamin A capsule to children aged between 6-59 months, the rate of night blindness disease reduced at .04 per cent from 3.76 per cent,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina urged all concerned to come forward along with the government’s initiative to build up the next generation physically and mentally sound.
The Prime Minister also wished success of the campaign.