Program to eliminate iodine deficiency
Sri Lanka achieved remarkable progress in treating preventable brain
damage in children and pregnant mothers under the Iodisation of salt
project commenced in the mid 1990s, said Chairman Lanka Salt Limited
President Mahinda Rajapaksa peruses the Universal Salt
Iodisational Project with Levilottyo of Micro Nutrient
UNICEF assisted in launching the Iodisation of salt project and due
to the limited machine capacity salt factories were able to iodise only
30 per cent of the salt production. Lanka salt limited, the country's
main producer of salt with the assistance of International Council of
Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) obtained two new state-of-the-art
Iodisation of salt factories from Micronutrient Initiative (MI), Canada.
The national salt production which is 105,000 MT is being iodised by
these factories under the international health quality standards.
The Chairman said that their prime responsibility is to eliminate
iodine deficiency disorders and preventable brain damage from the
Lanka Salt Ltd., produces 75,000 - 85,000 MT of salt annually.
Lanka Salt Ltd., the successor to the National Salt Corporation -
Hambantota Salterns, launched a three-year development program last
year. Its main objectives are to commission a 15 tons per hour salt
machinery and Iodisation plant, rehabilitation of electrical
infrastructure salt pan, bund, canal, pump house and transform the
nucleus at Hambantota Mahalewaya to a salt city.
The eradication of Iodine deficiency disorders program implemented in
collaboration with Lanka Salt Limited Micronutrient Initiative and
ICCIDDSL was given priority by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the
National Healthcare and Nutrition policy of the 'Mahinda Chintanaya'.