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An Iodine Patch designed for tribal women like a regular bindi

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  •   April 15, 2015

An iodine patch, designed like a regular bindi, is expected to help one lakh tribal women

It will help to battle iodine deficiency in north-west Maharashtra. Since these tribals don’t consume iodized salt, they are usually deficient in this nutrient. Last month, these iodine bindis were distributed free to tribal women in villages near Nashik and Ahmednagar.

“Each woman got 30 bindis to last a month. When stuck on the forehead, it delivers the daily required amount of iodine -100-150 micro grams -to the body by absorption through the skin,“ says Dr Prachi Pawar, president Neelvasant Medical Foundation and Research Centre, a Nashik NGO that organized the distribution after identifying pockets deficient in iodine.

Source: TOI

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