Srinagar: The Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, is conducting a goiter survey in Kashmir for which 30 schools have been randomly selected from four districts.
Describing the survey as the largest so far, Dr Muhammad Salim Khan, HOD Community Medicine and principal investigator of the study said that Kashmir is a known endemic region for the Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), which range from impaired mental abilities to goiter among children.
For the survey 90 students from each of the 30 schools, in Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla and Budgam have been selected from both sexes in the age group of 6-12 years, from classes 1st to 6th.
The status of iodine deficiency disorders among children is being assessed through physical examination for goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland) and estimation of iodine in salt and urine samples.
The study is done in collaboration with department of biochemistry and multi-specialty research unit established by Indian council of medical research in government medical college, Srinagar and supported by drug and food control organization under NIDDCP.