BAHAWALPUR - More than 64 per cent school going children have now been prevented from the iodine deficiency in the country due to the Salt Iodized Programme.

EDO Health Dr Ehsanullah Warraich said this while addressing the participants of a refresher training course of the sanitary and food inspectors of the Health Department here the other day.

He said that Pakistan had been achieved a great deal of progress to protect children from any physical deficiency/disorder.

According to the 2011 survey, around 64 per cent children of school going age had been protected from iodine deficiency, he added.

On the occasion, DFP, IDD/USI Dr Saeed Asghar said that daily use of iodized salt could prevent iodine deficiency and remarked that the IDD free Pakistan would make the children more healthy and active for national economic growth.

He informed that the salt factories would be monitored on weekly basis to ensure processing of adequately iodized salt.

USI Field Officer Muhammad Aftab said that the initiative of the Micronutrient had supported the Punjab Health Department in establishing the quality control labs to monitor the quality of the salt iodization at district level.