BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Iodine Global Network and Salinas Food with their other partners brought the Thyromobile Mission at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) on Friday (May 19) to further awareness on thyroid and iodine deficiency disorders.
The Thyromobile Mission provided orientation about thyroid and its functions, the importance of iodine sufficiency, and on thyroid disorders and implications to pregnant and lactating women and women of reproductive age.
The participants were also shown how to check the right amount of iodization on salts as mandated by the country’s ASIN Law. They were also enjoined into screening and diagnosis of thyroid disorders.
Dr. Teofilo San Luis, Iodine Global Network Country Representative of the Philippines, said the Baguio event was the second leg of the Thyromobile Mission in its goal to cover the top 15 provinces in the country with lowest median UIC (Urinary Iodine Concentration) among lactating women 15 to 49 years, based on the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute.
In the FNRI 2018 – 2019 data, Benguet ranked 12th with median UIC of 84 micrograms/liter. Mountain Province ranked 7th with 71 micrograms/liter - both below the 100 median UIC for an adequate iodine intake.
Iodine deficiency leads to disorders such as goiter, hypothyroidism, impaired mental function, retarded physical development, psychomotor defect and reproductive failures.
San Luis pointed out that adequate use or intake of iodized salt is very important in combatting iodine deficiency but Filipino households remain to have low awareness or utilization of iodized salt.