KARACHI: Director Health Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz on Saturday said an awareness campaign has been launched to promote iodized salt consumption in Karachi city to prevent people from iodine deficiency.
He shared these views while addressing a seminar jointly organized by Director Health Karachi, Food and Quality Control Department of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and UNICEF.
He said the drive has been launched to promote iodized salt consumption in the city and action will be taken salt processor, hotels and shopkeepers who are not using iodized salt. He claimed ratio of iodine consumption has increased from 17 percent to 70 percent in the city in a decade.
He said the aim of organizing the seminar is to discuss how to promote iodine salt consumption to improve health and intelligence. He said iodized salt usage is an easy solution to many mental disorders.
He said iodine deficiency is causing complications in pregnant women, children and elders. He said iodization of salt was the most inexpensive way of preventing iodine deficiency disorders.
Dr Zafar said Sindh Compulsory Iodization of Salt Act 2013 was approved from Sindh Assembly but act could not be implemented in letter and spirit; therefore, the drive has been launched to create awareness among citizens regarding iodine salt consumption.
He said a district-wise awareness drive has been launched and after its completion strict action would be taken against violators as per law.