World Iodine Deficiency Day 2020: Ministers Lend Their Support To Spread Awareness About The Serious Ill Effects Of Iodine DeficiencyWorld Iodine Deficiency day is marked every year on October 21
Highlights
  • October 21 is marked as World Iodine Deficiency Day
  • Iodine is required to create a vital chemical known as thyroid hormone
  • In India, Iodine is not naturally present in the Soil

New Delhi: October 21 is marked as World Iodine Deficiency Day and is also known as Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day in bid to make people aware about the importance of micronutrient – Iodine in the human body. According to the American Thyroid Association, “Human body does not make iodine, but it is considered as an essential part of the diet. A certain amount of iodine is always required in the human body in order to create a vital chemical known as thyroid hormone.”

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If that certain amount of Iodine is not taken by the individual then they can suffer from Iodine Deficiency Disorder, which is the cause of mental developmental problems in children, including implications on reproductive functions and lowering of IQ levels in school-aged children, as per the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.

World Iodine Deficiency Day 2020: Ministers Lend Their Support To Spread Awareness About The Serious Ill Effects Of Iodine Deficiency
Iodine Deficiency Disorder can cause the following impact on children

WHO states that Iodine deficiency disorders, which can start before birth, can jeopardize children’s mental health and often their survival. It also states that serious iodine deficiency during pregnancy can result in stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, and congenital abnormalities such as cretinism, a grave, irreversible form of mental retardation that affects people living in iodine-deficient areas of Africa and Asia.

World Iodine Deficiency Day 2020: Ministers Lend Their Support To Spread Awareness About The Serious Ill Effects Of Iodine Deficiency
WHO says that Iodine deficiency disorders can start before birth in children and can jeopardize children’s mental health and often their survival

To make people aware about these serious health challenges due to Iodine deficiency, political leaders from across the country took to social media to spread awareness about the day.

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Sharing suggestions and tips on how people can make sure their iodine intake is upto the mark in their diet to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorder, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan said,

21st Oct is celebrated as #WorldIodineDeficiencyDay to spread awareness about serious ill effects of Iodine deficiency. It can cause spasticity abortions hearing speech & vision impairment among other problems. Ensure a measured healthy intake of iodine in your diet – eat lots of Iodine rich food, take an iodine supplement, have iodized salt in small amounts.

Stressing about the ill-effects and health complications one can face due to Iodine Deficiency, Chief Minister Of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot added,

On World Iodine Deficiency Day, let’s highlight the importance of iodine consumption & spread awareness about iodine-rich dietary practices. Deficiency can lead to disorders & learning disabilities, which are preventable. Iodine is important for human body & it should be part of our diet.

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“I” stands for IODINE,” said Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics, Programme Implementation & Planning and further added that it is estimated that in India alone, more than 6.1 Cr people are suffering from endemic goiter and 88 lakh people from mental illness. He said,

As per WHO, around 54 countries are iodine-deficient. Spread awareness, 21st Oct is known as World iodine deficiency day. #MissingI

Explaining why Iodine is so crucial for the human body, Dr Sudhakar K, Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education, Government of Karnataka said,

Iodine is an essential micronutrient required for normal thyroid function, growth and development. On this World Iodine Deficiency Day let us pledge to create awareness about the adequate use of iodine in our diet and the consequences of iodine deficiency.

In India, the entire population is prone to Iodine deficiency because the soil in our part of the world is iodine deficient; especially in the North and North Eastern States. To combat this, common salt in the country was fortified with iodine and now the sale of non-iodized salt is banned in our country.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

17,59,54,708Cases
5,81,66,715Active
11,39,84,189Recovered
38,03,804Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,59,54,708 and 38,03,804 have died; 5,81,66,715 are active cases and 11,39,84,189 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 3:36 am.

India

2,95,10,410 70,421Cases
9,73,15853,001Active
2,81,62,947 1,19,501Recovered
3,74,305 3,921Deaths
In India, there are 2,95,10,410 confirmed cases including 3,74,305 deaths. The number of active cases is 9,73,158 and 2,81,62,947 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,08,992 10,442

1,58,617 167

56,39,271 7,504

1,11,104 2,771

Karnataka

27,65,134 7,810

1,80,856 10,961

25,51,365 18,646

32,913 125

Kerala

27,28,239 11,584

1,23,433 6,478

25,93,625 17,856

11,181 206

Tamil Nadu

23,53,721 14,016

1,49,927 12,146

21,74,247 25,895

29,547 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,09,844 6,770

85,637 5,780

17,12,267 12,492

11,940 58

Uttar Pradesh

17,02,624 452

8,986 820

16,71,852 1,221

21,786 51

West Bengal

14,61,257 3,984

17,651 1,403

14,26,710 2,497

16,896 84

Delhi

14,31,139 255

3,466 144

14,02,850 376

24,823 23

Chhattisgarh

9,86,963 459

13,677 1,405

9,59,969 1,858

13,317 6

Rajasthan

9,49,684 308

7,441 959

9,33,421 1,260

8,822 7

Odisha

8,51,782 4,469

51,681 3,309

7,96,799 7,733

3,302 45

Gujarat

8,20,321 455

10,249 614

8,00,075 1,063

9,997 6

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,183 274

4,251 524

7,75,380 780

8,552 18

Haryana

7,65,861 339

4,661 525

7,52,208 821

8,992 43

Bihar

7,17,215 487

5,312 389

7,02,411 868

9,492 8

Telangana

6,03,369 1,280

21,137 996

5,78,748 2,261

3,484 15

Punjab

5,87,903 956

12,981 1,083

5,59,360 1,980

15,562 59

Assam

4,59,497 2,167

41,373 3,272

4,14,173 5,403

3,951 36

Jharkhand

3,43,458 154

3,395 571

3,34,979 723

5,084 2

Uttarakhand

3,36,879 263

4,633 388

3,25,311 644

6,935 7

Jammu And Kashmir

3,07,412 774

15,081 1,203

2,88,145 1,965

4,186 12

Himachal Pradesh

1,98,550 237

4,777 625

1,90,382 855

3,391 7

Goa

1,62,468 420

4,882 175

1,54,658 581

2,928 14

Puducherry

1,12,528 402

5,331 414

1,05,513 809

1,684 7

Chandigarh

61,110 54

520 20

59,798 71

792 3

Manipur

59,852 530

8,499 211

50,379 726

974 15

Tripura

59,321 235

5,170 382

53,531 610

620 7

Meghalaya

41,906 305

4,623 248

36,550 547

733 6

Arunachal Pradesh

31,282 134

2,885 302

28,252 434

145 2

Nagaland

23,644 82

3,502 131

19,689 208

453 5

Ladakh

19,561 17

658 88

18,706 105

197

Sikkim

18,414 157

3,553 230

14,580 387

281

Mizoram

15,364 97

3,549 111

11,748 203

67 5

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,463 1

78 17

10,381 18

4

Lakshadweep

9,209 34

576 39

8,589 72

44 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,261 18

110 11

7,025 29

126

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