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Child health related millennium development goals (MDGs): status of underfive children visiting a well baby camp

Purabi Phukan, Asha Jagtap, Sharath B Nagaraj.

Background: Under-five population receives high priority due to their high risk status and a number of child health services are formulated in current national health programs to improve child health and achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs).

Aims & Objective: To assess utilization of immunization services, child feeding practices and nutritional status of the under-five children.

Materials and Methods: A descriptive study was undertaken among 106 under-five children attending a Well-baby health camp organized in urban field practice area of KBNIMS, Gulbarga. Tools used were WHO2006 anthropometric standards and revised immunization schedule of 2011. Data was analyzed by Epi Info Version 3.0.1 and SPSS 16.

Results: Primary immunization (>12 months age) was completed in 69 (65.1%). Children above 8 months of age who received Measles vaccine was 67.5%. Exclusive breast feeding (EBF) up to 6 months with timely weaning was done only in 25 (27.8%). Mean months of EBF and initiation of weaning was 5.6 1.2 and 8 4.1 respectively. Underweight, Wasting and Stunting was found in 48.1%, 31.1% and 31.1% respectively whereas 29 (36.7%) of children of 3 years, and below, are underweight. Poor nutritional status was significantly associated with faulty infant feeding (p

Key words: Nutrition; Immunization; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Child Health; Infant Feeding

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