Morbidity pattern among school children of rural area of Obaidullaganj block of Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh
Keywords:School health, Nutritional status, Malnutrition, Intervention
Background: Morbidity status of children in rural areas in India has not significantly improved despite of constant efforts over last 30 years. School going children contributes about 20% of total population are most vulnerable for infection and malnutrition. A timely assessment and intervention can reduce the morbidity and mortality. To find out the prevalence of morbidity among school children. To study the pattern of morbidity among school children of rural area.
Methods: A field based cross sectional study was conducted for a period from July 2014 to September 2014 in randomly selected schools of rural area of Ashapuri and Dahod sub-centres of Obaidullaganj Block of Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh.
Results: In the present study the diseases of the oral cavity and anemia were the most common among school children followed by vitamin A deficiency and worm infestation. There is felt need to intervene in term of prevention of diseases through improvement in personal hygiene and nutritional status of children through school health program.
Conclusions: Most of the morbidities observed among the school children can be prevented and the health of the child can be enhanced by timely intervention. The school health program is proper means to diagnose and managed the health at its own level.
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