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NGO Advocates Awareness Programme for Thyroid Disease

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Thyroidism Awareness and Support Initiative, has called for urgent education and prevention programmes to minimise the impact of the thyroid disease in Nigeria.

Speaking during a briefing held in Lagos to mark World Thyroid Day last Friday, Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Iruoma Ofortube, said there was a need for the development of policies to prioritise Thyroid Disorder as one of the primary health issues in the country.

“There is also a dire need for provision of diagnostic facilities and training of medical specialists for the treatment of thyroid disorders,” she said.

On the challenges of Thyroid disease, Iruoma said, “It appears that governments across the world have not really paid significant attention to thyroid disorder like other public health conditions, such as HIV/AIDS and Cancer, etc, which attract a lot of attention from government and international organisations.

“Obviously, both diagnostic and therapeutic facilities for thyroid disorders are lacking. At the same time, cases of thyroid disorders are under-reported due to lack of awareness. Many victims are dying in silence and ignorance.”

Asked why the disease seemed to be prevalent among women, a Lifestyle and Wellness Consultant from Mecure Healthcare Limited, Dr. Sunday Clement, said that research had not been able to come up with an explanation.

 

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