Ha Giang cares for children’s health hinh anh 1A medical staff takes care of a newborn baby (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang has focused on supplementing micro-nutrients for children, pregnant women and new mothers, particularly those from ethnic minority groups, to reduce micronutrient deficiency.

As many as 82,000 children from 6 to 60 months old across the province have received free vitamin A as part of the national drive on the occasion of the Micro-nutrient Day (June 1-2).

Nearly 8,000 new mothers have been provided with Vitamin A doses within a month after giving birth while more than 59,000 children aged between 24 and 60 months have got anthelmintic or anti-parasitic medicine.

Consultation services and health check-ups have been provided for pregnant women at communal medical centres.

The province has also encouraged families to improve the quality of meals in an effort to better their members’ health.

Vice Director of the Nutrition Institute under the Health Ministry Le Bach Mai said that some 5 million doses of vitamin A will be provided for children from 6 to 36 months nationwide.

About 800,000 postpartum women will receive vitamin A within a month after giving birth.

In 22 disadvantaged provinces, the vitamin will be supplemented to children from 37 months to 60 months old, and anti-parasitic medicine will also be given to those from 24 to 60 months old, he added.-VNA