Only 5 percent Pregnant Women get counseling for Thyroid Disorders

Only five percent of Indian’s women get counseling for thyroid health issues during pregnancy, increasing the risk of slew of medical complications including miscarriages and postpartum bleeding.

Presently, less than one percent women in both public and private hospitals get complete thyroid panel tests routinely done in India. The prevalence of thyroid diseases in India presently was 10.95 percent and almost doubles the diabetes cases at 5.4 percent of the country’s population. Treating hypothyroidism is costlier than abortion.

Only 5 percent Pregnant Women get counseling for Thyroid Disorders

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10.95 percent Thyroid Diseases in India

Business chamber FICCI and Frost and Sullivan, a firm working to address world challenges, was jointly launched on Impact and Assessment of Thyroid and Influenza disorders on Mother and Child Heath.

There was not more difference between public health care providers and private health care providers when it comes to thyroid screening. The occurrence of thyroid screening ranges between 5 to 10 percent in government hospitals and 20 to 25 percent in private hospitals.

The effect of thyroid health issues is not known in early stage; however, optimal levels of thyroid hormones during the pregnancy first three months are serious for the brain development in fetuses.

Hypothyroidism rate is one in 800 neonates as against a world average of one in 3,800 in India. Doctors are also advocated the urgent need of influenza vaccination for all pregnant women.

Ankita Kothari, industry analyst, Frost and Sullivan said, A important number of clinicians interviewed authorized the need for screening test for thyroid health issues and most agreed to give flu vaccinations to pregnant women. Presently it is a gap region and many hospitals don’t do this frequently.

Vandana Gurnani, joint secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said India has made great progress in bringing down child mortality, made possible by multiple interventions at different stages before, during and after pregnancies.