A three-day campaign will be conducted across the State from March 21

Over 2.75 lakh children in the age group of 6 to 60 months in Coimbatore district have been targeted under a Central Government programme to tackle Vitamin A deficiency. A three-day campaign will be conducted across the State from March 21 to administer Vitamin A in a liquid form.

In Coimbatore, a booth-wise micro plan, outlining the number of villages/hamlets, total population and the children in the target age group, has been prepared and distributed to all officials concerned, Deputy Director of Health Services R. Damodharan, told The Hindu here on Saturday.

While the vitamin would be administered at booths on day one (March 21), health personnel would do door-to-door on the remaining two days.

A ‘dipstick’ survey would be conducted in 30 randomly selected rural villages/urban wards to evaluate the programme.

In each randomly selected village, 15 children in the target age group would be identified to take part in the survey, he said. An information, education and communication campaign (IEC) would be conducted to create awareness.

The date and venue of the camp would be displayed in all Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme centres, Panchayat offices, health sub centre buildings and primary health centres (PHC0.

While the children aged between 6 and 36 months would be covered by village health nurses, the rest would be covered by anganwadi workers, he added.

Along with administering Vitamin A, the campaign would also create awareness among the public.

Facts such as breast milk being a natural source of Vitamin A would be emphasised to tackle deficiency among children.

Dr. Damodharan said that de-worming with ‘albendazole’ would also be administered.

The Coverage Report would be entered in the Health Department’s HMIS (Health Management Information System) Web Portal.

This programme was being funded by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and implemented by the State Health Societies.