An awareness session
“Why were we not advised by the doctors to use the iodized salt when iodine is so essential for the health of my family”, said a concerned mother at an awareness session in NauGhazi-Union Council Shah Allah Ditta, sensitizing women regarding benefits of using iodized salt on Tuesday 17th June, 2014, TheNetwork (TN) team members highlighted the importance of using iodized salt and convinced the participants to use it in order to avoid various risks caused by its deficiency. Participants were told about a direct link between consumption of iodized salt and children’s mental growth. “Iodine deficiency costs 10 to 15 point loss in IQ level, resulting in retarded growth, low school performance and higher school dropouts,” The session was interactive and the queries related to misconceptions of iodized salt were duly addressed. Women admitted they were not aware of disorders caused by its deficiency. The participants expressed resolve to make iodized salt essential ingredient of their food especially that of the pregnant women in their community. There were 30 participants.