Berhampur,Dated 25th May 2018: Internationally 25th May is celebrated as World Thyroid Day. To commemorate that, Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur in association with Christian Hospital today has organised an awareness session at Christian hospital premises. Dr Minal Nanda, Chief surgeon was the chief guest with gynaecologists Dr Puspita Behera & Dr Rohini Pradhan and Sumita Gorai, Principal nursing college as guests of honour. Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, consultant endocrinologist from Diabetes and Endocare Clinic, participated as the chief speaker/ resource person. The event was attended by the doctors, nursing faculties, staff and students. Dr Sunil explained to the audience about causes, symptoms and treatment of various thyroid disorders.
Now 12% of total Indian population are affected with Thyroid disorders. Earlier the cause was iodine deficiency, now these are predominantly due to autoimmune imbalance. These are seen 5 times more commonly in females. Hypothyroidism is a state associated with low thyroid hormone levels in the body. It presents with weight gain, body aches, dry skin, tiredness, hair fall, constipation, irregular menses, infertility and depression. Hyperthyoridism denotes high thyroid hormone levels in body and presents with weight loss, trembling of hands, palpitation, feeling of excess heat, sweating, repeated motions, redness of eyes. Sometimes a swelling in front of the neck can be there called as goiter. It can affect newborns, growing children with impaired mental, physical and sexual growth. Thyroid testing should ideally be done in all pregnant ladies to avoid complications. Treatment is in the form of tablets, radio iodine therapy, surgery etc. Dr Sunil emphasized upon the fact that timely treatment and periodic follow up with doctor prevents the complications. An educational leaflet on Thyroid disorders was distributed amongst the audience.
Finally Dr Sunil stressed on the fact that the following group of people should undergo thyroid blood testing: Every pregnant lady and newborn children, all ladies, all males over 50 years of age, those having family history and those having Diabetes, Hyprtension, Cholesterol Problems, Obesity etc. Dr M Nanda from Christian hospital lauded the efforts by Dr Sunil to educate both doctors and general public and requested Dr Kota to further carry on with his awareness activities for people from various sectors. Lastly nursing principal Mrs Sumita Gorai, extended vote of thanks to the guests and concluded the session.