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Why is Iodine deficiency prevalent in Tripura’s rural pockets? read here

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Agartala, Aug 12: In a bid to eradicate iodine deficiency diseases, National Health Mission Tripura has initiated a special salt testing drive in the remote parts of the state to understand the patterns of Iodine consumption in these pockets.

In the initial phase, ASHA workers equipped with Iodine level test kits are assigned to conduct tests in 32 selected pockets where various diseases pertaining to Iodine deficiency are reported rampant.

Although Iodized salt was made mandatory for consumption and the government of India had once intensely campaigned for that, far flung areas of the state are yet to be well aware of the healthy salt consumption practices. Sources in the National Health Mission Tripura said, “we are wholeheartedly trying to make people aware of the objective of our survey. The ASHA workers if come across any salt sample that lacks Iodine, they readily report to us and advise the household with a list of do’s and don’ts for effective consumption of Iodine”.

He said, cases of stillbirth, goitre, inefficient growth and several other mental and physical disabilities are caused owing to lack of Iodine consumption. In Tripura’s remote areas, such health complications are prevalent.

“Before starting the special drive, we have done a survey in which we have recorded the statements of people who are suffering through such problems. We have documented their salt consumption practices with photos and videos which brought us to the fact that even as an adequate quantity of iodine remains in the salt distributed through the government PDS system, due to lack of proper storage practices, the Iodine gets evaporated. We have seen how people store the salt in an open jar or somewhere very close to the woven which eventually kills the Iodine present in the salt. This is why we have selected 32 spots across the state and started the special salt test drive to find out the lacunas and later rectify it through our efforts,” said the source.

The special drive was started in the month of July and in all the 32 places 3,200 tests were conducted. This month–August the target has been increased to 1, 28,000 tests equal to four hundred tests in each pocket. One test kit can be used a hundred times. “Last month we provided one kit to each of the ASHA workers and now we have disbursed 4 kits to each ASHA workers team,” said the source.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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