oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers and health workers in relation to the use of sugar and salt solution in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe

Volume 39, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A study was carried out (March-April 1992) in the rural, urban and farming areas of Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers and health workers on the use of sugar-salt solution. Twenty mothers from each area were also asked to prepare sugar-salt solution and the solutions were analysed for sodium and sucrose content. A total of 257 mothers out of 300 knew of the sugar-salt solution. Of these 58 pc from rural, 40 pc from urban and 63 pc from farming areas, said that they gave sugar-salt solution as the first line of action in managing diarrhoea.

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