World Iodine Deficiency Day – 21 October 2019
- October 21, 2019 Posted by: Sai Siva Childrens Hospital 91 Views RSS
Iodine is an essential micronutrient that requires for normal thyroid function, growth, and development. World Iodine Deficiency Day or Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day is recognized worldwide and commemorated every year on 21st October.
The main aim of the day is to create awareness of the adequate use of iodine and to highlight the importance of iodine deficiency. In today’s world, iodine deficiency disorders have become one of the major public health concerns. In today’s scenario, more than 1.5 billion people are at risk of developing iodine deficiency disorders all over the world. According to the WHO – World Health Organization, about 54 countries are still suffering from iodine deficiency.
Iodine deficiency is the primary cause of mental retardation problem, which is preventable. Iodine deficiency is more damaging at the time of pregnancy and in early childhood. Severe iodine deficiency disorders can lead to complications like cretinism, stillbirth and miscarriage. Even mild iodine deficiency in children can lead to significant loss of learning abilities.
In India, it is estimated that about 200 million people are at risk of developing iodine deficiencies and 71 million people are currently suffering from iodine deficiency disorder. As part of social responsibility, we Sai Siva Children’s Hospital, wanted you to understand how vital is iodine in your daily life and even for the growth of your children.
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