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Title:Factors influencing primary health cake: a look at a pediatric emergency unit
Authors:Oleru, U.G.
Kolawole, O.O.J.
Periodical:Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:child health
External link:http://tropej.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/6/319
Abstract:To delineate the probable influence of socio-economic and environmental factors like housing, water supply and sewage, on primary health care, a study of a random sample of 500 pediatric case notes and interviews with a systematic selection of 200 mothers who attend an adequately staffed pediatric emergence unit was undertaken. The results indicate that about 74% of the cases of gastroenteritis, lower respiratory tract infection, malaria and measles occurred in children less than 2 years old. Infants accounted for about 50% of the cases. The level of education of the mother significantly influenced the immunization status of the child. It also significantly determined whether the mother sought medical help for her child first at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, where medical services are essentially free, or other primary health care facilities. The number of cases of lower respiratory infection increased with room density while the cases of gastroenteritis were influenced by the quality of water supply and sewage disposal method. Ref., tab.