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Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine

Morbidity profile of primary school children in rural Koppal, Karnataka

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Author Details: Ravindranath A. Bhovi, Mallikarjun K. Biradar, Sharankumar Holyachi

Volume : 4

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-6776

Print ISSN : 2394-6768

Article First Page : 164

Article End Page : 166


Introduction: School health is an important intervention as a great deal of research tells us that schools can have a major effect on children’s health, by teaching them about health and promoting healthy behaviors.
Objectives: To assess the morbidity profile of primary school children in rural Koppal.
Materials and Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted in all the school children aged 6-12 years from August 2016 to December 2016. Data was compiled, tabulated and analyzed using proportions.
Results: A total of 1722 school children were enrolled in study with a mean age of 9.24 years; 31.4% were in the age group of 10-11 years. On examination it was found that, 20.3% were suffering from ARI, 8.1% anemia, and 13.8% were having dental caries.
Recommendation: The most common morbidities among school children were related to nutrition and personal hygiene which are linked to each other in causing various morbidities.

School children, Morbidity pattern, ARI, Dental caries, Anemia