MULTAN - Welcoming the verdict of Lahore High Court regarding construction of Kalabagh Dam (KBD), the leaders of different organisations said on Friday that construction of new dams especially KBD was imperative to foil Indian water terrorism.

District organizer of Pakistan Water Movement Muhammad Arshad said that India had been erected dams on Pakistani rivers on war footings while on the other hand Pakistan could not construct even a single mentionable dam over the last 40 years.

He asked the government to stop Indian water terrorism and start construction of KBD and other dams.

Amir Jamaatud Dawa Multan Mian Sohail Ahmad said that the faces of those anti-Pakistan elements must be unveiled who created hurdles in way of construction of KBD. He said that the energy crisis being faced by Pakistan would be over if the KBD was constructed.

He said that all the rulers supported KBD but none of them constructed it. He demanded the government to adopt strict measures against saboteurs and started construction of KBD.

AWARENESS ON IMPORTANCE OF IODIZED SALT: EDO (Health) Vehari Dr Ghazanfer Abbas has stressed upon the sanitary inspectors to play their role in creating awareness among masses on the importance of iodized salt in daily diet.

He was addressing a training session of Sanitary Inspectors of district Vehari, jointly organized by the health department and the Micronutrient Initiative on Friday. As many as 35 sanitary inspectors of Vehari district were oriented to mobilize community for controlling iodine deficiency disorders through promoting use of iodized salt.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Muhammad Khalil, Program Director shared that iodine deficiency is the single most common cause of impaired mental development resulting low IQ. Daily use of iodized salt can prevent iodine deficiency and its consequences including physical and mental retardation, still births, abortions and goiter.

Mr Zaheer Abbas, Zonal Coordinator from the Micronutrient Initiative said that according to National Nutrition Survey 2011, severe iodine deficiency in mothers reduced from 36.7 to 3.9 & in children 23.4 to 2.1.

He asked sanitary inspectors to ensure that all households in their respective areas are given awareness about the use of iodized salt and its importance for improved health. Dr. Javed Khalid, District Focal Person IDD/USI said that in order to achieve sustainable results efforts should be enhanced at community level.