Dimapur, October 28: In continuation of a weeklong observation of Global IDD prevention, a sensitization cum awareness meeting was held with salt traders on the theme “Iodised salt: trader’s responsibilities” at Zunheboto CMO office on October 25.
Food Safety Officer, Sukumlo Yanthan, chaired the programme and gave the welcome address and CMO Zunheboto, Dr CW Tungoe sensitised the traders on the daily requirement of iodine which is 15 microgram per day and the sources of iodine such as sea fish, sea salt, cod liver oil and readily available iodised salt etc. He stressed on the various implications associated with deficiency of iodine such as goitre, mental retardation, speech defects, hearing defects, neuromuscular weakness, spontaneous abortion etc.
Dr Tungoe also emphasised that shopkeepers should stock and sell only iodised salt and advised that sale of non iodised salt is banned under the provision of PFA Act 1954. He shared about the responsibilities of every citizen to purchase & consume iodised salt only.
Meanwhile the District Health Society, Zunheboto organised an essay competition on “Observance of Global IDD Prevention Day” at GHSS, Zunheboto on October 26. Dr CW Tungoe, Chief Medical Officer, Zunheboto was the resource person.
The first prize was won by Libo (Cl-9), 2nd – Kiboka (Cl-9) and 3rd – Avika (Cl-9).
Dr Imsongienla chaired the programme.
(Page News Service)