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Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine


Morbidity profile of primary school children in rural Koppal, Karnataka


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Author Details: Ravindranath A. Bhovi, Mallikarjun K. Biradar, Sharankumar Holyachi

Volume : 4

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-6776

Print ISSN : 2394-6768

Article First Page : 164

Article End Page : 166


Abstract

Introduction: School health is an important intervention as a great deal of research tells us that schools can have a major effect on children’s health, by teaching them about health and promoting healthy behaviors.
Objectives: To assess the morbidity profile of primary school children in rural Koppal.
Materials and Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted in all the school children aged 6-12 years from August 2016 to December 2016. Data was compiled, tabulated and analyzed using proportions.
Results: A total of 1722 school children were enrolled in study with a mean age of 9.24 years; 31.4% were in the age group of 10-11 years. On examination it was found that, 20.3% were suffering from ARI, 8.1% anemia, and 13.8% were having dental caries.
Recommendation: The most common morbidities among school children were related to nutrition and personal hygiene which are linked to each other in causing various morbidities.

Keywords:
School children, Morbidity pattern, ARI, Dental caries, Anemia

Doi No:-10.18231