Endemic goiter in S ri L anka. OBJECTIVES. What is endemic goitre? Indications used to identify. Gravity of the problem How does it occur? Remedies Earlier situation in Srilanka -before 1995 Universal Salt Iodination programme-1995 Modern situation in Srilanka -after 1995
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River basin- kelani river, kalu river
Either of the following could be done as a precaution to avoid getting goitre..
in the wet zone – high annual rain fall due to heavy monsoon rains .
high annual rain fall was believed to leach soil iodine deficiency
However, they reported that endemic goitre was not associated with cretinism to any greater extent. Ie; it was mild iodine deficiency
But recent surveys have found endemic goitre in dry zone too.
6.5% in Matale to 30.2% in Kalutara
and in inland than coastal areas.