sourceSudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday inaugurated the country's first iodized salt plant in Port-Sudan, the capital city of the Red Sea State in eastern Sudan.
Shafie Factory for Iodized Salt Production, established by Sudan's Etaam Foundation, has "a production capacity of 10 tons per hour," said Ali Abdalla Bunduq, director General of Etaam Foundation, adding that it covers around 30 percent of Sudan's expected consumption of iodized salt.
"The factory also has other products such as the salt used for nutrition of animal resources and sodium salt used for water processing," he added.
He further noted to the health advantages as the factory provides iodized salt which helps address many health issues caused by iodine deficiency such as thyroid diseases.
"The factory will create a great leap in the level of child nutrition in Sudan and the citizens generally, particularly that around 20 percent of Sudan population have thyroid diseases," he said.
Iodine deficiency is one of the major public health issues in Sudan and is responsible of many iodine deficiency disorders such as thyroid gland problems, including endemic goitre, deafness, intellectual disability, dwarfism, low fertility and infertility.
In 2015, Sudan established the national committee for salt iodizing, and set 2019 as a final date to prevent the use of non-iodized salt.
"Establishment of this factory achieves the objectives for which the national committee for salt iodizing was formed," said Abdou Daoud, Sudan's state minister for industry and head of the national committee for salt iodizing.
Meanwhile, an additional production line is also in preparation, said Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, former Sudanese first vice-president and chairman of the board of directors of Etaam Foundation, adding that they also aim at export as "there is need for iodized salt in the neighboring region."
Iodized salt is table salt mixed with a minus amount of various salts of the element iodine.
It is important for prevention against iodine deficiency from which around 2 million people are suffering worldwide according to statistics.
sourceKhartoum — President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher has affirmed his support to the Armed Forces National Fund for Medical Services to complete it ambitious plans for extending of good medical services for all the social sectors.
Al-Basher, addressing the inaugural ceremony of Al-Zahra Intravenous Drip Factory, Sunday, at Khartoum North Industrial Area, said the factory is considered one of the important establishments, describing it as real additive for the medical services which witness continuous development.
The Director the General Administration for Medical Services, Dr. Khater Mohammed Tobai has outlined that the production capacity of the plant secure 33% of the country's needs, explaining that the factory is live model for the strategic medical industry.
Prior to the opening of this factory production was used domestically and rarely exported. It could've been a different story prior to the Al-Shifa tragedy but i'm unsure. Chad, Ethiopia, and Eritrea are currently the only countries (that I know) we export medicine to. Hopefully production/exports go up in the near future, with more investments there's a lot of potential in this field as there are plenty of bright medical students in both large cities and small towns across Sudan.Sudan could really be the African pharmaceutical giant the continent relies on to pump out important medicine and vaccines during pandemics or a crisis. What countries does Sudan export to currently?