HAFIZABAD - Under the National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme, a meeting was held here.

While chairing the meeting of Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Committee (IDDCC), EDO Health Capt Dr Asif Ali Khan said that the District Administration sought the cooperation of all and sundry for creating awareness among the general public regarding the ailments caused due to deficiency of iodine.

Among others, the Manager Universal Salt Indigenised Programme Ehtshamul Haq, and Salt Processors Association President Tariq attended the meeting.

The EDO stressed the need for taking action against those wholesalers, retailers who sell salt without iodine. The salt grinders have been strictly directed to mix iodine while processing salt, he added.

On the occasion, Dr Ehtsham said that special campaign was being launched to create awareness among the students of schools and colleges regarding the ill- effects of iodine deficiency.

Use of iodine-mixed salt can prevent most of the ailments. It also plays an important role in maintaining optimum energy levels of the body by ensuring optimum utilization of calories, without allowing them to be deposited as excess fats, he added.