The Iodine status of first trimester pregnant women and its association with household coverage with adequately Iodized salt in sarawak
This study aimed to determine the current status of IDD among first trimester pregnant women in Sarawak after 3 years of previous IDD survey in 2015 Methods: This is a cross sectional study of IDD conducted between July and September 2018 involving all divisions in Sarawak. A total of 30 Maternal and Child Health Clinics were selected using proportionate to population size (PPS) method and 677 pregnant women in the selected clinics were randomly selected via systematic sampling. Urinary iodine was measured using in-house microplate method. Respondents with urinary iodine concentration (UIC) of <150, 150-249, 250-499, and ≥500 g/L were considered to have insufficient, adequate, more than adequate, or excessive iodine levels, respectively (WHO/UNICEF/ICCIDD, 2007).