Monday, November 28, 2022

‘Global IDD Prevention Day’ observed across Nagaland

Nagaland on Friday observed “Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day” under the theme, “Understanding the importance of Iodine for the body” by creating awareness on the importance of consuming iodine.
Kohima: Department of Health & Family Welfare observed “Global IDD Prevention Day” on at Tuophema Village, Kohima, wherein the principal director, Dr. K. Vikato certified Tuophema Village as ‘‘Non-Iodised Salt Free Village’’.
The participants of the programme were highlighted on iodised salt and its importance by joint director H&FW, Dr. Tiasunep Pongener.
Wokha: Health and Family Welfare Department Wokha observed “Global IDD Prevention Day” at Government High School Wokha Village.
Addressing the school students, district programme officer (NCD) Wokha, Dr. Aseno Rhetso said iodine deficiency leads to goitre, growth retardation, deafness, dwarfism, causes abortion and stillbirth. She also encouraged the students to take iodine regularly and to check for the iodised salt logo on salt packets before purchasing it. She also advised them to ensure salt are stored in a closed container and away from fire.
Dr. Aseno said, “Prevention of iodine deficiency is easy if we have less than 150 micrograms of iodine in our daily diet.”
The students also witnessed demonstration of salt analysis by block ASHA coordinators. Painting and essay competitions were also organised and prizes awarded to the winners.
Phek: Phek observed “Global IDD Prevention Day” at Royal Foundation School Phek Town, wherein resource person, DVBO Phek, Dr. Shevo Hiese sensitised the students and teachers on the importance of using iodized salt and its benefits and also encouraged the participants to consume only iodized salt.
During the programme, salt demonstration was also carried out by district community mobiliser (DCM) Phek, Azenuo Mere. Slogan competition was also conducted where a total of 58 students participated.
Zunheboto: In Zunheboto, Global IDD Prevention Day was observed at the Conference Hall of chief medical officer (CMO) Zunheboto office.
In a keynote address, DPO (NCD) Zunheboto, Dr. N. Mhonchan Kithan said the day was observed to create awareness of the critical function iodine plays, adding that it was responsible for maintaining normal growth and development of both brain and body.
He further stated that sale of non-iodized salt for human consumption was a punishable offence and that the department takes stern measures to enforce the law. Dr. Mhonchan said traders must label non-iodized salt for animals and farms as “not for human consumption”.
In a short speech, deputy CMO Zunheboto, Dr. K. Akaho Sema highlighted the consequence of iodine deficiency in the diet. He said the only effective control and preventive measure to combat iodine deficiency was sustained supply, proper storage and consumption of good quality iodised salt.
During the programme, demonstration of salt analysis with STK was shown by BAC, Inokali.

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