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Direct Research Journal of Biology and Biotechnology (DRJBB):Vol.5 (3), pp. 81-87, December 2017
ISSN 4372-2608

Influence of diarrhoea on the health status of children (0-5 years) in Nnarambia Community in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area
Article Number: DRJA716350893
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26765/DRJBB.2017.0893

Original Research Article


Ezejindu C. N*. and Iro O. K.


Department of  Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences (Clinical Medicine ) College of Medical and Health Sciences ,  Abia State University,  Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author Email: ezejinducosmas@gmail.com.


date Received: November 10, 2018     date Accepted: December 28, 2017     date Published: December 31, 2017

Abstract

This study was carried out to evaluate the influence of diarrhoea on health status of children (0-5 years). Its significance is to enlighten childbearing women’s knowledge on the causes and prevention of diarrhoea in order to reduce infant mortality and morbidity. The objectives of the study are to find out the level of knowledge of child bearing mothers on the causes of diarrhoea among children 0-5 years, in Nnarambia Community, to find out the attitude of mothers towards carrying out proper management of diarrhoea in children 0-5 years, to find out the extent mothers practice preventive measure/manage diarrhoea in children 0-5 years, to find out the implications of diarrhoea on the health status of children 0-5 years and to suggest possible ways of preventing/reducing diarrhoeal disease among children 0-5 years. This study adopted a descriptive survey design. Questionnaire were simple random sampling techniques was used to select a sample size of 100. The data collection was by the use of questionnaire. The data collected was analysed using tables and percentages. Results of the research revealed that majority of the mothers (40%) of childbearing mothers have fair knowledge of the causes of diarrhoeal disease in children less than five years of age. Majority of mothers have negative attitude towards the carrying out proper management of diarrhoea in children 0-5 years. Recommendation made is to intensify effort and health education to childbearing mothers about causes of diarrhoea, encourage and motivate mothers to give oral rehydration solution ORS to their children when they have diarrhoea and to improve good personal and environmental hygiene.


Keywords: Diarrhoea, mortality, morbidity, childbearing.