All over the world the 21st of October is set aside each year to celebrate this day.
Here in Nigeria , West Africa. Prof Onuora Louis Victor Ekpechi championed the campaign to end the scourge of Iodine deficiency which led to the inclusion of Iodine in our daily meals as SALT.
This year in honour of the immerse contributions of late Prof. Onuora Louis Victor Ekpechi and the efforts his medical team made to Iodine Deficiency Disorder and Endocrinology in Nigeria, West Africa the Louis Love nest Foundation launches An IDD Media Tour spanning across different media houses. The IDD Media Tour commences on 21st October 2019.
TELLING THE IDD STORY VIA DOCUMENTARY
The 2nd World Iodine Day 2019 Proudly Sponsored by Hazel Oils & Primavera International School commences with an IDD Media Tour show casing the IDD Documentary via various Media houses like
City Radio 89,7,
Coal City FM/TV
The IDD Documentary shot by ATD Media
Executive Producer Ndali Modebe
Voice Over Raezy Winston
DOCUMENTARY ON PROF EKPECHI LIFE AND WORK WITH IDD LAUNCHES ON 21ST OCTOBER 2019
Media Gurus, Raezy Winston Silver Bird’s Rhythm Fm Lagos, and Ndali Modebe, Presenter City Radio and Beauty Blogger took L.N.T to the next level. As they stormed Enugu, Nsukka and Onitsha all the way from Lagos in 2018 to Shoot the Documentary of the Century on The Life, Work and Times of Professor Louis Ekpechi.
This documentary features exclusive and well detailed groundbreaking, background stories, untold & deep experiences and fond memories of Prof Ekpechi, his beautiful and loving wife and Matriach of the Iodine Empire Matron Georgina Ekpechi, who is currently with living happily with family in America USA.
Telling the Iodine Story viz Documentary will be broadcast on different Media Channels, Blogs and You Tube.
Today is World Iodine Day! Quick Question how important is IODINE?
World Health Organization describes Iodine Deficiency as the World ‘s most prevalent yet easily preventable cause of brain damage, hence the importance of marking out a day to focus on Iodine an important mineral that is vital for Humans I Animals I Plants
Growth and Development
Insufficient amount of Iodine in Women has grave consequences such as
Brain damage for fetuses in pregnant women
Stunted Physical and mental growth for foetus
Fatigue and weakness
Swelling of the neck
Dry and flaky skin
Troubles learning and remembering
Problems during pregnancy
Other general ailments such as
High Blood Pressure
Sadly, despite being essential the human body cannot produce Iodine for it own use. Its strongly advised to take Iodized Salt as Iodine can only be gotten from a diet as very little of it is from food except when added as oil and supplement. About 800 Million people are Iodine deficient and a majority of this number dwells in Africa
SOURCES OF IODINE
- Seaweed, one whole sheet dried: 11–1,989% of the RDI
- Cod, 3 ounces (85 grams): 66% of the RDI
- Yogurt, plain, 1 cup: 50% of the RDI
- Iodized salt, 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 grams): 47% of the RDI
- Shrimp, 3 ounces (85 grams): 23% of the RDI
- Egg, 1 large: 16% of the RDI
- Tuna, canned, 3 ounces (85 grams): 11% of the RDI
- Dried prunes, 5 prunes: 9% of the RDI
Iodine deficiencies are very common, especially in Europe and Third World countries, where the soil and food supply have low iodine levels.
Your body uses iodine to make thyroid hormones. That’s why an iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, a condition in which the body can’t make enough thyroid hormones.
Luckily, deficiency is easy to prevent. Adding a dash of iodized salt to your main meals should help you meet your requirements.
If you think you have an iodine deficiency, it’s best to talk to your doctor. They will check for visible signs of an iodine deficiency, like a goiter, or take a urine sample.
WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR IDD, NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA
Here is Louis Love Nest’s IDD Agenda for 2019
LNT has plans in place to create adequate sensitization for IDD in both rural and urban communities on Iodine
The IDD Documentary
Workshops and Seminar
On Going IDD Media Tour
School Tours- Scholarship Programmes
Charity which is currently on going, This includes sharing food items, tolietries and of course 100% Iodize Salt.
Construction of World Class Iodine Science laboratory
Louis Love Nest’s IDD Agenda 2019
All these will be done to achieve universal salt Iodization, sensitization and a healthy society for all,
ABOUT LOUIS LOVE NEST FOUNDATION (L.N.T}
Louis Love Nest Foundation was founded in 2017 by Children and Grandchildren of Prof Louis Onuorah Victor Ekpechi whose initials spell L.O.V.E.
Grandpa you’re still alive in our hearts! Happy World Iodine Day Sir!
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Written by Ndali Modebe
Sources: Indian Journal Of Medical Research www.theiodineblog.org