DCO Imtiaz Khan Niazi has stressed the need for extensive awareness campaign about Iodine Deficiency Disorders and importance of use of iodized salt at schools and college level.

He said that the use of Iodized salt was vital to prevent iodine deficiency. He was presiding a meeting of District Iodine Deficiency Disorders Committee at his office the other day.

 He said that iodine deficiency causes mental retardation, deafness, Autism, goitre and reproductive failure and use of iodized salt will prevent these disorders.

H assured the participants that strict action would be taken against those salt processors found negligent in salt iodization.

Earlier, Field Officer Micronutrient Initiative Ehtshamul Haq Tariq in his briefing told the committee that severe Iodine deficiency in mothers had reduced from 37% (NNS 2001) to 4%, as depicted in National Nutrition Survey 2011 due to effective implementation of Universal Salt Iodization Program. He further added that iodine deficiency in school aged children has reduced from 23% to 2%. EDO Health Dr Amjad Iqbal described decrease in natural source of iodine due to use of fertilizers and spray.