National study on the prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders among schoolchildren 8-12 years of age in Bahrain
AbstractA cross-sectional survey of primary-school children in Bahrain was conducted to estimate the prevalence of goitre and iodine deficiency according to age, sex and area of residence. During January-May 1999, 1600 children were randomly chosen from all government schools. Children were examined for goitre and of those, 50% were randomly selected for urinary iodine level assessment. Only 26 children [1.7%] had goitre. Although median urinary iodine was above 100 microg/L, 121 of 749 children [16.2%] had low urinary iodine levels. Although iodine deficiency does not pose a significant public health problem in Bahrain, education about the nutritional value of iodized salts in the prevention of this disorder could increase public awareness
Moosa, K., Abdul Wahab, A.W., Al Sayyad, J. & Baig, B.Z. (2001). National study on the prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders among schoolchildren 8-12 years of age in Bahrain. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119064
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 7 (4-5), 609-616, 2001
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