Indian Journal of Public Health


Year
: 1999  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42--8

Body iodine status in school children and availability of iodised salt in Calcutta.


RK Sinha, A Bhattacharya, BK Roy, SK Saha, P Nandy, M Doloi, D Chauduri 
 Department of Biochemistry & Nutrition, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta

Correspondence Address:
R K Sinha
Department of Biochemistry & Nutrition, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta

Success of Universal Salt Iodization (USI) programme depends on availability of iodised salt to consumers, which should be reflected in their body iodine status. From a monitoring study in Calcutta, it was found that all packed salts were iodised and most of them (98.1% at household level and 93.6% at retailers«SQ» outlets) had iodine at a level of > or = 15 ppm. Of the loose salts, 34.6% at household level and 19.9% at retailers«SQ» outlet had iodine level < 15 ppm. A few number (0.5% at household level and 1.0% at retailers«SQ» outlets) of salts had no iodine. To ascertain the impact of consumption of iodised salt iodine excreted in urine (UIE) was measured in school children of age between 8-12 years of south, east, west, north and central parts of Calcutta. 22.95% of male children and 31.81% of female children had urinary iodine level less than 50 micrograms/l, which is cut off figure of public health concern. Children from poor slum areas were found to be at greater risk.


How to cite this article:
Sinha R K, Bhattacharya A, Roy B K, Saha S K, Nandy P, Doloi M, Chauduri D. Body iodine status in school children and availability of iodised salt in Calcutta. Indian J Public Health 1999;43:42-8


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Sinha R K, Bhattacharya A, Roy B K, Saha S K, Nandy P, Doloi M, Chauduri D. Body iodine status in school children and availability of iodised salt in Calcutta. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 1999 [cited 2019 Nov 14 ];43:42-8
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