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|Title: ||Malnutrition and Associated Factors among Underfive in a Nigeria Local Government Area|
|Authors: ||Emmanuel, Andy|
Nwachukwu, Juliet O.
Adetunji, Oyedele E.
Hosea, Gotodok K.
Kumzhi, Partience R.
Protein energy malnutrition
|Issue Date: ||2016|
|Publisher: ||International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research|
|Citation: ||Andy Emmanuel, Nwachukwu O. Juliet, Oyedele E. Adetunji, Gotodok K. Hosea, Kumzhi R. Partience. Malnutrition and associated factors among underfive in a nigeria local government area. International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2016;3(6):1766-1768|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 3;No. 6; Pp 1766-1768|
|Abstract: ||Introduction: Malnutrition remains a public health problem in developing countries like Nigeria. Understanding the factors associated with malnutrition is important in tackling the problem. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of malnutrition and associated factors among under- five children in Borgu Local government area of Niger state, Nigeria. Material and Methods: A descriptive design was adopted. The study involved 250 children drawn using multi-stage sampling. Data was collected using questionnaire, weighing scale and a length board. Data was analyzed using chi-squared and descriptive statistics. Stunting, underweight and wasting were determine using the WHO child growth standards. Result: Findings indicate that prevalence of stunting, wasting and underweight was 47.6%, 8.8% and 25.6% respectively. About 18% were diagnosed with various forms of protein energy malnutrition and is most common among male children (23.2%), younger children (31.8%) (Between 0-11 months) and children of mothers with no formal education (25.2%). Marasmus was the most common form of protein energy malnutrition (63.6%). Conclusion: Malnutrition is a problem in this setting. Age of child, gender, and maternal educational status have influence on malnutrition.|
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