In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
Comments on Dr. Rahmat Aman article on Iodine
Dr. Rahmat Aman has written the above article on a very serious
health problem of Chitral district with very relevant ideas on how
to reduce the iodine deficiencies of our children. Our children are
more intelligent then others because in the village life there are
less distractions factors compare to big city life. The only thing
we have to be carful about the basic nutrients required for each
child to improve the child IQ level, physical and mental growths.
People usually donít realise it and it is not
visible to each one of us to see and measure the improvements
within the few years in Chitral. Let me tell you something about
the history of this issue and how it surfaced. In 1985 Aga Khan
University (AKU) conducted a health survey in Chitral, which
revealed the prevalence of goitre in Chitral is very common on the
base of that survey more than 300 school going childrenís urine
samples were collected and within 24 hours these urine samples
reached in the AKU Laboratory Karachi. The result was alarming,
that more then 65% children have different level of iodine
deficiencies and disorder. We were asked to administer iodinated
injection to the children up to 25 years of age. This was
supervised by Dr. Anwar, Incharge government EPI program of Chitral
District. AKHSP provided the iodinated injections and accessories.
I was asked to launch the iodised salt crash program throughout
Chitral. So initially every thing was free. So we distributed
iodised salt free of cost and conducted lecturer programs to
motivate the people to use the iodised salt and the AKHSP paid for
all costs of that program. We visited all the villages from Arandu
to Yahkhoon Lasht and Gobor. In short what I have seen at that time
and what I can see today is a colossal improvement of human life,
which I can not express in words.
Please focus on the Dr.Rahmat Amanís suggestions and we all should
be part of that health improvement process of our next generation.