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Ministry of Health applies doses of vitamin A on Saturday

Nutrient is necessary for the development of the child and for the proper functioning of the eyes. Two doses should be applied

 
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The Ministry of Health (MOH) will provide megadoses of vitamin A to replace nutritional deficiencies in children aged 6 months and 5 years. The strategy is part of Brazil Action Affectionate and mobilization will take place next Saturday (18), as announced by Minister Alexandre Padilha this week.

The nutrient is essential for growth and healthy development of children and also for the proper functioning of the eyes. It helps reduce the chances anemia, diarrhea, blindness, and prevent infant mortality. Since 2005, the National Vitamin A supplementation helps decrease the nutrient deficiency in the country, with approximately 20% of Brazilian children present grace.

Although not be produced vitamin in the body and only available in food, can hold the body portions swallowed in order to establish a buffer. So children should receive two doses of vitamin A per year, with an interval of six months between two dosages.

For the campaign, will be prioritized states of North, Northeast and the mining towns of the Valley and Vale do Jequitinhonha Mucuri. In all 2434 municipalities that will receive the supplementation doses at first. By the end of the year, all other regions of the country will also receive the megadoses. This will include all priority municipalities of Brazil Without Poverty Plan, in addition to the 34 Special Indigenous Health Districts (DSEI).

According to the general coordinator of food and nutrition, Department of Primary MS, Patricia James, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the ministry advocate preventive supplementation with megadoses, because with the proper prevention can reduce by 24% and infant mortality up to 28% mortality caused by diarrhea, explain.

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