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Lamisi Promotes Iodated salt


2006-08-03 23:38:39
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Lamisi Mbillah
Winners of the Miss Ghana contest have, in recent years, committed themselves to promoting various social and health causes.

Mariam Sugri Bugri (1999), for instance, took on breast cancer and Selassie Kwawu (2001), devoted herself to the AIDS issue.
For Miss Ghana 2005, Lamisi Mbillah, the dalliance has been with the campaign to achieve universal salt iodisation in Ghana.

Some of her efforts in that direction have been captured in a 20-minute documentary film made by Creative Storm for UNICEF.

Iodine is used by the thyroid gland for hormone production which controls the development and functioning of the brain. It is also essential for
maintenance of body temperature and release of energy.

Lack of it in food is known to contribute to frequent miscarriages, stillbirths, low birth weight and other health problems.

Salt iodisation was started in Ghana in 1995. Efforts are still being made to get all households in the country to use iodated salt.

In the UNICEF documentary, Lamisi meets traditional leaders, school children, salt sellers in markets and goes on radio to boost the campaign for salt iodisation.

On a trip to the Upper East Region where she comes from, she is warmly received by the people and is visibly excited at the idea of carrying the message to her own folks.

The young lady, however, couldn’t help sobbing at the sight of a relative suffering from goiter, a swelling at the front of the neck brought on by insufficient iodine intake.

Lamisi’s enthusiasm for the campaign is evident in the film through her constant reminders to all to patronise iodated salt.

She confidently says in a section of the film that iodated salt is key to national development and she is proud to be part of the campaign to popularise its usage.

Also contributing their quotas to the campaign in the documentary are various personalities including Prof Agyeman Badu-Akosa and Mr. Jacob Armah of the Ghana Health Service, Mr. Paul Victor Obeng of Ningo Salt,
Mr. David Oppong, Co-ordinator of the President’s Special Initiative on Salt as well as officials from UNICEF, Food and Drugs Board, Customs, Excise and Preventive Service and the Ghana Police.

Apart from all these people’s useful contributions, the film also employs a lot of graphics to drive home the important message of salt iodisation. There are shots of glistening salt fields and the hard work that goes into salt winning.

Hopefully, the documentary will help in the crusade to win the hearts of all Ghanaians to patronise only iodated salt.

source: GRi

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