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Lowering Iodine Deficiency is a Priority in Jordan

AmmanA study in Amman on Thursday showed that an acceptable level of decreasing deficiency has been made by the Kingdom. The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization () revealed the study which included 4,600 children at 8-10 years, selected randomly from primary public, private and UNRWA schools. The measurements involved in the study were determining the iodine concentration in urine and the proportion of households consuming iodized salt and clinical examinations for goiter. The results showed that the median urinary concentration was 20.3ug/100ml, compared to15.4ug/100ml in 2000, while 96.3% of household used iodized salt in 2010 compared to 86% in 2000.

Some recommendations conclude that median urinary iodine levels should be at least 10ug/100ml and no more than 20% of the values are below 5ug/100ml, while at least 90% of households should use salt with an iodine content of 15 to 40ppm. This led the Kingdom to advice public to lower the iodine concentration in table salt, which currently stands at 40-60ppm to 15-40ppm. Iodine deficiency is considered the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage, as WHO website commented.

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