Jamshedpur : A free Thyroid Camp was organised on Sunday at the Tata Main Hospital (TMH) OPD complex.
The camp was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mrs RuchiNarendran in presence of Dr T P Madhusudanan, GM, Medical services, Dr G Ramdas, Chief, TMH, DR D P Samaddar, Chief, Medical Indoor Services, Dr K P Dubey, Chief, Medical Support Services along with other senior doctors of TMH .
A joint initiative of Department of Medicine and Nuclear Medicine, TMH, the camp provided free TSH blood test to screen for possible thyroid disorder and clinical consultation.
The patients were educated about the symptoms of the disease through information brochures and interactive sessions with the doctors.
RuchiNarendran, the Chief Guest expressed the eagerness to grace the occasion when she was approached for the inauguration of the function .
She urged everyone to learn about the symptoms of thyroid disorder and get it diagnosed at the earliest. She appreciated the efforts of Dept. of Medicine and Nuclear Medicine in organising this camp and hence working for the values of Tata Steel. She extended her support for future endeavours for this cause.
Thyroid disorders are common among women. Lack of thyroid hormone or hypothyroidism can cause infertility, weight gain, fatigue, depression and may aggravate existing heart disease.
An excess of thyroid hormone or hyperthyroidism can lead to severe weight loss, tremors and palpitations. Once detected and treated, the results can be gratifying in most cases.
New born babies are particularly vulnerable to lack of thyroid hormones and may develop severe mental and physical growth retardation if the condition is not detected and treated early in the neonatal period.
At TMH, the Thyroid clinic operates twice weekly for the past 20 years. It caters to almost 600 old and new thyroid cases every month.
There has been a gradual increase in the number of thyroid patients over the years, reflecting the increasing incidence of the disease.
Camps like these help in identifying new, undetected cases and update the already afflicted patients with new information on the same.
Through this initiative, TMH has reached out to a wide section of the people of Jamshedpur and provided access to specialized care.
Programme was concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Dr.Sujata of Dept. Of Nuclear Medicine especially to the people who participated in the camp in large numbers.