Berhampur Dated 10th June 2018: On account of recent celebration of 25th Mat as World Thyroid day, Berhampur district police in association with Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur today has organised an awareness session at DIG- southern range office conference hall.
DIG Sri Ashish K Singh, inaugurated the event presided over later on by Sri Kandarpa Behera, Addl SP. Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, consultant endocrinologist from Diabetes and Endocare Clinic, participated as the chief speaker/ resource person. The event was attended by police officials of Berhampur district police and DIG office, their family. 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 during the meeting. Subsequently, approximately 150 police personnel were subjected to free thyroid blood test.
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. Berhampur Town SDPO Sri Pravat Routray 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. Amongst others, Vigilance Addl SP Sri Santanu Padhy, DSP Sri Ajaya Mishra and RI Sri Madhusudan Mahapatra graced the event.