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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(3): 437-441

A study on Personal Hygiene of school going and non-school going children in Ahmedabad district, Gujarat

Ashish Chaudhari, Sohil Mansuri, Anoop Singh, Niti Talsania.

"Introduction: The word “Hygiene” was came from the Greek word “hygies” ( Hygiea- Goddess of Health) means Healthy, sound. Personal hygiene may be described as the principle of maintaining cleanliness and grooming of the external body. Failure to keep up a standard of hygiene can have many implications.
Methodology: Present study was conducted among 1378 school going and 697 non-school going children of 10 to 18 years of age during the period December 2012-December 2014
Result: Majority 24.86% of non-school going urban children have poor personal hygiene followed by 20.79% in non-school going urban children. Poor personal hygiene was seen just 9.77% of School going children of urban area and 13.43% in rural area. Statistic difference for poor personal hygiene among school going and non-school going children of urban area was highly significant
Conclusion: There were huge differences on overall occurrence of personal hygiene, it was found almost double among non-school children compare to school children. Non school children were the most vulnerable group."

Key words: Personal Hygiene, Non-school, Children

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