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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018. 9:48 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education in partnership with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Iodine Global Network, will be carrying out a survey to measure and report on the levels of Iodine in children in Belize.

Belize is one of the nine Caribbean countries participating in a project entitled, Caribbean Region Urinary Iodine and Sodium Study 2018.

The survey will include approximately 400 children from ages 6 – 12 from four primary schools in the Belize, Stann Creek and Corozal districts.

Children’s height, weight and head circumference will be measured and bodily fluid samples will be taken for laboratory test analysis.

Iodine is a necessary nutrient needed for the functioning of the Thyroid gland and brain development and it is essential during pregnancy and infancy.

The body does not make Iodine so it must be gotten from food.

Deficiency of iodine can lead to mental disabilities, goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) and slow metabolism.

The study will be carried out by from May 7-17, 2018 and headed by lead investigator, Professor Michael B. Zimermann, MD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switerland.

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