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76 percent population of Azad Kashmir faces Iodine deficiency complications.

MUZAFFARABAD -- Azad Kashmir faces serious concern of health complications related to iodine deficiency where 76 percent of total population acquires one or more complications due to deficiency of iodine which requires special initiatives to overcome the problem, this was told by Director General (DG) health Azad Kashmir in a seminar here on Tuesday.

The Seminar was organized by Health Department in collaboration with UNICEF to raise awareness for using iodized salt by the consumers to meet requirement of iodine in daily diet to avoid deficiency syndromes such as low mental growth in the fetus, new born babies and thyroid associated problems in adults. DG Health Dr. Sardar Mehmood told the participants that his department

was proposing a legislative draft to government to be passed as an Act from Assembly for imposing ban on sale and purchase of non-iodized salt to overcome the situation besides setting up a Food regulatory Authority in the region to ensure healthy food for people.

Dr. Javaid Akbar, Deputy Director health education told the seminar that according to a survey conducted in 2011, there have been 1.6 billion people in developing world was suffering from complication related to iodine deficiency and in Pakistan, Azad Kashmir was the most effected region where the percentage was much higher than other parts of the country.

He said due to climate change and deterioration of environment, the soil in high altitude areas was losing this mineral resultantly causing deficiency in plants and animals as well. He said this deficiency was causing infertility in soil, Plants and animals as well.

He said most of Asian and African countries were acutely facing this problem but some of western European countries do have this problem, some were succeeded to overcome. He said the most effective and cheep prescription was to use iodized salt in routine diet to avoid deficiency and its related complications.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 16, 2015
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