Rwanda dispenses vitamin A capsules to prevent blindness

Health workers and volunteers in Rwanda are administering vitamin A capsules to about 1.5 million children aged between six months and five years in a nationwide campaign, aimed at preventing night blindness – an inability to see clearly in dim light. Public and Primary Healthcare minister Patrick Ndimubanzi said that the health staff and the volunteers carrying out the exercise have several permanent and mobile stations across the country. Rwanda conducts the vitamin A campaign twice a year; According to Ndimubanzi, the campaigns contributed a lot to the government’s effort in reducing night blindness and the risk of child deaths from measles and diarrhea. Estimates by the World Health Organisation indicate that one out of 100 people in Rwanda is visually impaired.