City is endemic to Iodine Deficiency Disorders

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Chandigarh, Oct 23 (UNI) Chandigarh is endemic to Iodine Deficiency Disorders with prevalence rate of 14.2 per cent.

Mr R S Verma, Director Public Relations, who inaugurated an exhibition here on creating awareness regarding Iodine Deficiency disorder, said efforts were on to achieve non-endemic status. That is the prevalence rate of IDD will fall below 10 % which labels the area as non-endemic.

To create awareness regarding Iodine Deficiency disorders, the National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme Cell, under NRHM, launched a month long awareness campaign in the city.

School children of 5 schools were educated about correct use of iodised salt and about various disorders due to Iodine Deficiency.

Posters, badges, books and handbills and on the spot iodine testing kits were provided to each school for awareness.

Awareness through advertisement in papers, radio talks, and advertisement through airing of taped messages on IDD was done under the programme. Miking was also carried out in 5 slums and colonies of Chandigarh.

The 'Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders month' concluded today with exhibitions held at 4 places on Goitre and IDD.


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