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|A Comparative Assessment of the Epidemiology of Malnutrition Among Pupils in Public and Private Primary School in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
|Jos Journal of Medicine
|Vol. 6;No. 2 Pp 34-38
|Background: Majority of school children lack adequate amount of food, thereby inducing malnutrition,
which now poses a serious threat to education, particularly in developing countries, including Nigeria.
The importance of good nutrition in the proper and optimal development in childhood is indispensible
because children are at a stage in life when all the tissues and cells are rapidly growing and organs are
developed for specific functions in the child's life.
Methodology: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted among pupils of selected Public and
Private schools in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state, Nigeria. A multistage sampling
method was used to recruit the calculated sample size of 500 pupils; an interviewer administered
questionnaires, weighing scale, measuring tape meter were the instrument used for data collection.
Results: The socio demographic data of 290 and 210 pupils of the public and private schools respectively
were compared. The pupils' ranged between 5-17years with majority between 6-10 years in all the schools.
Pupils in the private school were more nourished and had an appropriate weight-for-age more than 90% of
the normal range with an ideal height-for-age of 48.0% more than those in the public school.
Conclusion: Nutritional imbalance can affect the educational outcome of the children amongst many
other things. Measures such as school feeding should be introduced on a national scale in order to alleviate
any deficiency state of the pupils.
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