|A child receives vitamin A at a hospital in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc|
HÀ NỘI — Some 480,000 children aged from 6-36 months will receive high-dose vitamin A supplements on November 30 and December 1 in Hà Nội.
The activity is part of a national campaign to provide free vitamins for children twice a year.
The first round of distribution took place in June.
Hoàng Đức Hạnh, deputy director of the city’s health department, on Tuesday asked all health centres in the city perform a thorough review of the number of children eligible for the supplements, especially homeless kids living in old apartment blocks, hospitals and social service centres.
Time slots should be arranged to avoid overcrowding, and distribution points should be easily accessible, he added.
The Hà Nội Centre for Disease Control has been assigned to monitor the distribution.
Children less than six months old that can’t receive breast milk and those aged from 36-60 months at high risk of vitamin A deficiency are also eligible for the distribution.
There are about 7.5 million children under five years old in Việt Nam, and one million of them suffer from pre-clinical vitamin A deficiency, according to the National Institute of Nutrition. — VNS