Tamil Nadu ranks lowest in coverage of iodised salt
First of its kind survey finds national average for household coverage is 76.3%.

Tamil Nadu has the lowest consumption of iodised salt despite being the third biggest producer of salt in the country, according to a first-of-its-kind national survey to measure the coverage of iodised salt.

The study shows that 76.3% of Indian households consumed adequately iodised salt, which is salt with at least 15 parts per million of iodine. The five worst performers were Tamil Nadu (61.9%), Andhra Pradesh (63.9%), Rajasthan (65.5%), Odisha (65.8%) and Jharkhand (68.8%).

The survey was conducted by Nutrition International in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Indian Coalition for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD). The survey tested the iodine content in samples of cooking salt from households to estimate the coverage of iodised salt.

The survey covered a total of 21,406 households in 29 States and 7 Union Territories in India. The fieldwork was undertaken between October 2018 and March 2019.

Vital micro-nutrient

Iodine is a vital micro-nutrient for optimal mental and physical development of human beings. Deficiency of iodine can result in a range of disabilities and disorders such as goitre, hypothyroidism, cretinism, abortion, still births, mental retardation and psychomotor defects. Children born in iodine deficient areas may have up to 13.5 IQ points less than those born in iodine sufficient areas.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu-ranks-lowest-in-coverage-of-iodised-salt/article29376941.ece
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Dr. V●●●●●●j D●●●i Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Fish-eating coastal areas, whether of Tamilnadu or any other region, hardly need iodized salt for general population. Yes, for specific requirements, there are specific remedies.
Sep 28, 2019Like