PESHAWAR: Health experts said that main cause of stunt in the country were the lack of iodized salt in food and the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is serious to present and pass Iodized bill in the KP Assembly.
This was said by Dr Ali Ahmad Additional Director General Health here in a local hotel while addressing a programme titled “Media Consultation & Iodine deficiency disorder and universal iodization program”. He said that in Pakistan around 17 per cent stunting disease which was the cause of lack of iodized salt, adding that it can be bring to 5 per centif proper steps were taken. He informed that iodine deficiency not only affected the children but also pregnant women and it cause deafness, dumbness, stunting as well as physical disability disorders. “Iodine deficiency affects immune system and once your immunity is insufficient, you are exposed to different diseases”, he added. Provincial program manager Micronutrients Initiative Imtiaz Ali Shah stated some 15 micrograms iodine was required for children and around 120 micrograms for adults on daily basis. He stated that a survey carried out in 2001 read some 72 per cent children were born with iodine deficiency adding that the future plans included adding iron and folic acid to flour while Vitamins A and D to cooking oil. He informed that 50 per cent population of our country facing the lack iodine while 21 per cent children birth were poor mentality and , adding that in rural areas of the country the iodine problem is sever.
Source: Daily Times
Byline: Staff Report
December 11, 2016