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Vitamin A campaign to begin tomorrow

Staff Reporter
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Health first:District Collector B. Sridhar releasing the brochures and posters in Nellore.– Photo: K. Ravikumar
Health first:District Collector B. Sridhar releasing the brochures and posters in Nellore.– Photo: K. Ravikumar

Schoolchildren in Adilabad will be told about the importance of vitamin A during prayer time everyday as part of a campaign to administer the vitamin to children aged between nine months and five years.

Using various media

The government is also publicising its importance through banners and other media, according to Adilabad Collector A. Ashok.

At a press conference here on Saturday, the Collector said that the staff involved in the campaign will also concentrate on administering the vitamin to children of construction and migrant labourers. He said this was a high-risk group in terms of eye defects caused by vitamin A deficiency.

3.35 lakh children

Mr. Ashok said that over 3.35 lakh children were being targeted to administer the vitamin in rural and urban areas.

Doses from 11,280 bottles would be administered at 2,929 rural and 496 urban booths, he said.

The Collector said that the campaign was part of a national initiative and would involve the Health, Education, Panchayat Raj, Women and Child Development, Indira Kranti Patham and Municipal Administration departments.

6,000 volunteers

A total of about 6,000 Anganwadi workers and ANMs in rural areas and about 1,000 of them in urban areas will man the booths, he added.

Nellore Staff Reporter adds: District Collector B. Sridhar released the brochures and posters on the upcoming drive to provide ‘Vitamin A’ solution to children all over the district from March 18 to 23.

Releasing posters at the District Collectorate, Mr. Sridhar said that the solution would be made available to the children at all Anganwadi centres, health centres and hospitals.

The drive was mainly aimed at prevention of night blindness. DM&HO K. Masilamani and other district level officials were present on the occasion.


  • Administration will also administer the vitamin to children of construction and migrant labourers

  • Doses from 11,280 bottles will be administered at 2,929 rural and 496 urban booths


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