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Tibet prevents iodine deficiency disorders
15:44, May 17, 2010  

The Tibet Autonomous Region has made great progress in preventing and control iodine deficiency disorders, sources from a symposium concerned.

According to Sherab Ruodeng, director of local disease control center, the iodine deficiency disorders jeopardize people's health. Serious iodine deficiency during pregnancy can result in stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, and congenital abnormalities.

As a high-incidence area for iodine deficiency disorders around China, Tibet has promoted iodized salt with support from the government. Since 2009, the local government allocates 30 million yuan each year to the rural people: the rural people buy iodized salt at the price of 0.5 yuan/kg, which sells 1.5 yuan in the market.

In 2009, Tibet set more than 1,200 stations to sell iodized salt to ensure that each household can buy such salt.

In addition, iodized oil capsules are also promoted in Tibet, which has achieved good results.

Source: China Tibet Information Center

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