Health dept signs deal with Nutrition International to ensure universal salt iodisation- The New Indian Express

Health dept signs deal with Nutrition International to ensure universal salt iodisation- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: The Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare signed a non-financial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nutrition International to enhance the implementation of National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme (NIDDCP) for reaching common salt iodisation (USI) within the State. 

The Andhra Pradesh State Iodine Deficiency Disorder Survey 2020-21, carried out by the well being division with technical assist from Nutrition International, revealed that 71.9% of households coated within the survey confirmed enough utilization of iodised salt within the State and a complete goiter fee of 1.8% amongst school-aged kids.  

In a bid to make sure common salt iodisation within the State, the federal government has been implementing NIDDCP programme since 1986. It was initially carried out in six goiter endemic districts and later scaled throughout the State. In latest years, the State authorities has additionally launched initiatives corresponding to salt testing by frontline staff throughout village well being, sanitation and diet days and counselling beneficiaries on the advantages of iodised salt throughout gram sabha, or native governance conferences. 

The Memorandum of Understanding is an effort to proceed strengthening the programme with technical assist from Nutrition International to extend protection of adequately iodised salt for optimum iodine diet of the inhabitants with a concentrate on pregnant ladies and lactating moms.

Mission director of National Health Mission J Nivas stated, “This MoU displays the State’s continued dedication to eradicate iodine deficiency and reaching USI. Through this partnership with Nutrition International, we’re assured about guaranteeing enough iodine diet for each particular person throughout our State.” 

Nutrition International Director (India) Mini Varghese stated, “As we have fun Nutrition International’s thirtieth anniversary this yr, we glance again on the work finished with the Central authorities, State governments in addition to the salt trade to enhance USI in India. It is essential to consolidate the beneficial properties and enhance the achievement of common salt iodisation by contextual and focused interventions on the State and district stage.

Nutrition International will lengthen its full assist and experience to the Andhra Pradesh authorities to strengthen the prevailing system to facilitate the manufacturing, distribution and consumption of adequately iodised salt.”

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