Prioritise treatment of thyroid disorders, FG tasked

By Gabriel Olawale

The Executive Director of  Thyroidism Awareness  and Support Initiative, TASI, Mrs. Iruoma Ofortube has urged Nigerians to prioritise intake of iodine-rich foods as part of measures to prevent thyroid disorders.

Ofortube, a survivor of thyroid disorders said despite thyroid disorders being a major public health problem worldwide and rated the second most common endocrine disease, it was not receiving the level of attention it deserved.

“There is a need for development of policies to prioritise thyroid disorder as one of the primary health issues. The need for diagnostic facilities and training of medical specialists on the treatment modalities is crucial,” she stated.

Speaking during a walk to commemorate the 2018 World Thyroid Day organised by TASI in partnership with the Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, she said the thyroid is a butterfly shaped organ at the base of the neck, tasked with production of hormones that affect every cell, organ, and tissue in the body.

“Thyroid hormones regulate the body metabolism, the rate at which the body produces nutrients and oxygen as they affect critical body conditions such as energy level and heart rate.

Thyroid disease affects females (60 per cent) more than males (40 per cent). Research has shown that about 750 million people are affected by various kinds of thyroid disorders.

Football news:

Bruno was named player of the month in the Premier League for the second time in a row
Giovanni van Bronckhorst: I can't imagine Barcelona without Messi
Zlatan on the future in Milan: Ibra is not a player for the Europa League
Fiorentina wants to get Higuain as part of Chiesa's exchange to Juventus
Direct shots from a corner are a deliberate technique of the team from Portugal. Scored the winning goal in the 91st and moved closer to the Europa League
Brescia reported that Balotelli weighs 100 kg. He gained 8 kg of extra weight
60 years ago, the USSR team was the first to win the Euro