oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Nutritional status, disease panorama and social background among children admitted at Mnene hospital

Volume 29, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



It is well known that morbidity and mortality are high among children below 5 years of age in all developing countries. In paediatric wards where mainly children below 5 years of age are nursed the mortality is often higher than in other wards. Malnutrition of different degrees is seen among the majority of admitted children. Social factors are known to be of utmost importance for health. Small children are completely dependent on the family situation. In order to assess the environmental factors for all admitted children a special paediatric chart is used giving information about family size, living and dead children, care taker, if any divorce or polygamy, water supply and sanitation, if cattle owned Or not. The study was carried out amongst 200 children being admitted consecutively in the children's ward at Mnene Hospital from March - May 1982 to assess the disease pattern malnutrition and social background, Harvard standards were used as reference values. The figures must be considered highly selective coming from a hospital population. A future paper with results from a community study is planned

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