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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.

“Different agencies 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 Health Programme.

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.