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Research Article - Journal of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Chemical Science (2022) Volume 6, Issue 3

Prevalence of malnutrition and associated factors among children 6-60 months in the therapeutic feeding centre (tfc) in bo- government hospital, sierra leone.

Background: Malnutrition is regarded as a worldwide health issue that affects the growth and development of children under age five. This study aimed at determining the prevalence of under-nutrition and associated factors of malnourished children (6-60 months) admitted in TFC (Therapeutic Feeding Centre) in Bo Government Hospital, Bo city. Methods: Questionnaires, direct observation and key informant interviews were employed in collecting data. Salter scales and length mats were used to measure the weight and length/height of the children respectively. Results: The epidemiological analysis revealed the odds ratio (OR) of low birth weight as 2.71, 95%, confidence interval (CI=1.85-0.15); the odds ratio (OR) of child illness as 10.46, 95 %, CI=3.32-1.38; immunization status (OR=5.22, 95 %, CI=2.77-0.5); not breastfeeding in the first six months of birth (OR=5.92, 95%, CI=3.07-0.49); child’s relationship with guardian (OR=3.8, 95%, CI=2.39-0.29) and small number of meals taken per day by the child (OR=3.83, 95%, CI=0. 46-2.22) were considerably predictable factors associated with malnutrition (underweight). Conclusion: It was reported that factors such as low birth weight, small number of meals taken per day, not breastfeeding and child illness represented in the graph were significantly the predictable factors associated with malnutrition.

Author(s): Great Iruoghene Edo

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