The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) on May 23 launched the Vietnam Micronutrient Day (June 1) in the northwestern province of Dien Bien, aiming to promote the prevention of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.

During the drive, about 6 million under five across the country will receive free vitamin A capsules.

Communication campaigns will also be carried out nationwide to raise the community’s awareness of the issue.

At the launching ceremony, NIN Deputy Director Le Bach Mai said the deficiency of vitamin A, iron and iodine in Vietnam has been down in recent years but remains a latent threat.

In 2013, one in every four under-five kids in the country was stunted, and the deficiency of iron, vitamin A, iodine and zinc are most common.

Mai said malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in mothers and children may lead to an array of health problems, recommending food supplements to fix the matters.-VNA