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A STATE-level meeting on use of iodised salt was organised today by the Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Heath Association (MPVHA) with UNICEF support.india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 15:32 IST
A STATE-level meeting on use of iodised salt was organised today by the Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Heath Association (MPVHA) with UNICEF support.
Deputy Salt Commissioner from Rajasthan M A Ansari was the chief guest on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Ansari said Madhya Pradesh needed 324,000 tonnes of iodised salt but procures only 46 per cent of its total need.
Madhya Pradesh gets it major share of salt from Rajasthan and Gujarat and majority of it comes by road. However, the movement of iodised salt was not monitored by any agency, he lamented.
State Health and Family Welfare Joint Director Dr B N Chauhan in his address said iodine deficiency leads to retardation in physical and mental growth.
The effect on the body due to deficiency is irreversible. The problem is more acute in hilly areas of the State. He said some rural areas of Betul, Hoshangabad, Barwani, Khargone, Dindori, Chhattarpur, Sagar, Tikamgarh have shown cases of iodine deficiency.
He added often the effect of Iodine deficiency was not visible, but it caused internal problems and children who have iodine deficiency have low IQ levels.
UNICEF State Representative Tapas Datta stressed the need of strengthening logistics, help increase production so that it can reach an affordable price for people.
Indore Medical College’s Dr Sanjay Dixit shared a study on salt trade in Madhya Pradesh carried out by ORG Marg in August 2004. The study revealed that a total of 339 salt whole sellers control salt trade in the State and 10 districts contribute to over 79 per cent of the total inflow of the salt.
Indore has 30 per cent inflow in the State and only 24 per cent of the salt is adequately iodised. Gujarat contributes 83 per cent of salt in Madhya Pradesh.
UNICEF Child Development and Nutrition Officer Dr Vandana Agarwal was the resource person at the workshop. Executive Director MPVHA Mukesh Sinha welcomed the participants and MPVHA president Dr B K Nilosey presented the vote of thanks. Civil society partners shared their own concern and the experience in the field.