District level advocacy meeting on Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) was held at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital Mokokchung on Thursday. Dr. Temsu while giving details on iodine deficiency disorders said IDDs was a public health problem all over the world and the deficiency problem was common in India yet it was easily preventable; the only issue was that people were not aware of how to prevent it.
Highlighting about Iodine and its related diseases, Dr. Temsu said iodine was naturally available in soil and water therefore remedies for IDDs could be easily done. He said iodized salt have become so common for remedies of IDD because salt was a dietary item that was universally consumed.
He also maintained that effective implementation for prevention of IDDs could be done through the departments of education and public relations by educating people at schools and colleges and through media.
Chief Medical Officer Mokokchung, Dr. N. Bendang while giving the introductory note said in medical principle, if a baby was born with IDDs it was a crime saying that every individual must take responsibility to eradicate IDDs problem.
The programme chaired by Dr. S.S. Akaba, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mokokchung was attended among others by Doctors, health workers and officials from various government departments.