45 percent of Pregnant Moroccan Women, 35 percent of Children Suffer from Iron Deficiency

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iron deficiency affects 45 percent of Morocco's pregnant women and 35 percent of children, Maghreb Arabe Presses (MAP) reported Wednesday. 

Morocco's health minister, Thami El Khyari was quoted by the agency as saying "national statistics reveal that 22 percent of children aged between 6 and 12 suffer from goiter, with rates reaching 50 to 78 percent in mountainous regions, vitamin A deficiency affects 41 percent of children aged below 6, including 3 percent who suffer eye diseases." 

The statistics also indicated that 2.5 percent of children suffer from rickets. 

In view of these problems, MAP said that the health ministry which distributed iron and vitamins has prepared a nationwide program to eliminate Vitamin A deficiency and its effects and problems resulting from Iodine deficiency in newborns and reduce by one third anemia -- Albawaba.com

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