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Micronutrient Day targets moms, kids

Update: December, 02/2014 - 09:51
During the two-day biannual drive, children aged 6 to 36 months nationwide will be provided with free vitamin A capsules .

HA NOI (VNS) — The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) launched the Micronutrient Day yesterday, aiming to preventing micronutrient deficiencies among children and adults.

During the two-day biannual drive, children aged 6 to 36 months nationwide will be provided with free vitamin A capsules .

Micronutrient deficiency, including that of vitamin A, iron, zinc and iodine in mothers and children may lead to an array of health problems, NIN director Le Danh Tuyen said at the launching ceremony.

A project to improve nutrition among mothers and children is being implemented in Hai Phong City and Thai Nguyen Province in the north, Quang Nam Province in the central region and Ca Mau in the south, Tuyen said.

The project will step up communication campaigns on nutrition and measures to increase micronutrients in daily diets, he added.

It has to date helped train over 1,000 medical workers in nutrition and provided 700,000 micronutrient powder packs to medical stations in these localities.

In 2013, one in every three children below the age of five was stunted, deficiencies in iron, vitamin A, iodine and zinc were most common.

Vitamins and minerals are needed only in tiny quantities, but their absence can be devastating, experts say. Micronutrient deficiencies, however, often have no visible warning signs, causing a ‘hidden hunger' with far-reaching consequences, they add. — VNS

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