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Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly 448,000 children aging from 6-36 months will receive vitamin A in a large dose from November 30 to December 3, according to the  Hanoi Centre for Disease Control.

Hoang Duc Hanh, Vice Director of the centre, asked healthcare facilities of wards, districts, and towns to make a list of children subjected to the programme, ensuring that no child is left behind.

The facilities are also requested to ensure convenient delivery, with each post handling no more than 200 children per day.

Hanoi is striving to give vitamin A to 99.8 percent of its children from 6-36 months old, and over 95 percent of children under five years old who are at high risk of lacking vitamin A, and mothers with one-month-old babies.

Children from 0-6 months who are not breastfed ill also receive vitamin A, along with those from 37-60 months at high risk of lacking the vitamin.

In particular, children infected with measles are also subjected to the programme as taking vitamin A will help reduce the fatality rate of the disease by 50 percent. –VNA