Stating that iodine deficiency is permanent and incurable, but preventable, Manipur Health Minister S Ranjan on Tuesday emphasised the need to raise awareness about the critical role of iodine in one's health and ensure that the public consumes the required amount of iodine through their food.
He delivered this speech during the observance of Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day at the DIPR office in Imphal.
The event was organised by the Directorate of Health Services Manipur and the State Health Society, NHM, Manipur.
Highlighting the importance of regular iodine intake, although the required amount is very small, Ranjan called on the health department officials to be proactive in their efforts to prevent iodine deficiency disorders.
He also emphasised the need to involve ASHA workers in ensuring that every household's salt contains the right amount of iodine through testing.
The minister further urged the Health Department officials to coordinate with the Food Safety Department and various other line departments when conducting such awareness programs to make them more effective.
Speaking as the guest of honour, state mission director, NHM, Dr Somorjit Ningombam discussed the importance of iodised salt and how to effectively use iodine from iodized salt.
He stressed the importance of storing iodised salt in airtight containers and using salt towards the end of cooking to prevent iodine from evaporating.
The programme was presided over by commissioner (Health and Family Welfare) Pradeep Kumar Jha and was also attended by Health director Dr Sashee Kumar Mangang as the guest of honour.