Journal article

Iodine status of children and Knowledge, Attitude, Practice of Iodised salt use in a remote community in Kerema district, Gulf province, Papua New Guinea

Janny Goris, Victor Temple, Nienke Zomerdijk, Karen Codling

Published : 2018

Abstract

ABSTRACT Iodine deficiency is the single most common cause of preventable mental impairment in communities with suboptimal iodine intake. Objective of the present study was to assess in more detail the iodine status and knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) relating to use of iodised salt in a remote community in Kotidanga area, Kerema district, Gulf province, Papua New Guinea. This prospective school and community based cross-sectional study was carried out in 2017. Simple random sampling was used to select schools. Multistage sampling was used to randomly select 291 children aged 6 to 12 years. Salt samples were collected for analysis from children’s households as well as a single urine ..

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