Over 19 pc children in Durg district suffering from goitre
Durg (Chhattisgarh): Two
out of 10 children in the rural parts of Durg district of Chhattisgarh have
goitre, suggesting high iodine deficiency among children in the age group of 6
to 14 years.
According to Child
Health Programme of National Health Mission and Health Department sources, over
32,100 children below 14 years of age from rural and urban parts of the
district were tested and out of them 6,510 were confirmed with iodine
deficiency. Interestingly, over 90 per cent families in the district have been
using iodised salt.
Using standard methods
of screening, it was found that the overall prevalence of goitre in the
district was 19.2 per cent. The doctors also noted that goitre was more common
in females (20.9%) than males (11.7%). The problem was more prevalent in rural
areas (18%) of Dhamdha, than Durg as well as Patan blocks.
Citing World Health
Organisation, UNICEF and International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency
Disorders, researchers suggest goitre could be a public health issue in all
parts of Durg district.
suggest a total goitre rate of 5 per cent or more in primary school children
(6-10 year) signals public health problem. In the present study, overall prevalence
of goitre was 19.2 per cent,” said Dr Divya Shrivastava, Nodal Officer of Child
It may seem a little
hard to gauge and still harder to believe that the deficiency of a
micro-nutrient like iodine, which the human body requires a mere 150 mcg per
day, totaling to just about a heaped spoonful in our entire lifetime, can cause
permanent damage to the body, both physically and mentally.
When contacted, Chief
Medical and Health Officer of the district, Dr Prashant Kumar Shrivastava, said
that milk, yogurt, cheese, fruits like strawberries, non-veg food like shrimps,
eggs, and certain cereals were also good sources of iodine. People affected by
this disease should immediately take medication otherwise they would have to
face lot of health complications in future, he added.