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Russia: Iodine deficiency prevention implemented in Almetyevsk kindergartens

The Almetyevsk (a region in the central Russian republic of Tatarstan) budget has allocated more than 543 thousand rubles in the first half and 1,131 thousand rubles in the second half of the year on iodine deficiency prevention at preschool educational institutions of the region, Almetyevsk department of Tatarstan Health Care Ministry reports.

The comprehensive program for the prevention of iodine deficiency in pre-school educational institutions of the Almetyevsk region is being conducted: children's diets involve foods fortified with iodine and, in addition, they are taking Jodomarin (an iodine supplement) on a daily basis.

Iodine deficiency is a widespread natural phenomenon, which is characteristic of highland and lowland areas, far from the seas and oceans. Most people in Russia living in 30 regions do not get enough iodine, particularly in Tatarstan.