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Title of the thesis

Nutritional Status of Infants Visiting EPI Center Wah for Vaccination

Name of Author

Dr Sohair Ashfaq


Nine Dhamra Road East Park Wah Cantt Rawalpindi.

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Roll #

I 5801743

Student’s Batch #  
Research Supervisor

Major.Dr.Ghulam Shabbir


Peadiatric Department, POF Hospital Wah Cant


The present study was conducted to evaluate the nutritional status of 1 to 9 months of age infants by assessing anthropometrical and clinical data. Objectives were to identify the normal growth, development pattern in infants and to recognize the advantages of breastfeeding: The present study was carried out in EPI center Wah, during the months of October-November 2002. A total No of 150 infants were selected. Questionnaire was developed and prepared prior to conduct the study. The information was recorded through personnel interview from mothers, clinical examination and anthropometrics measurements. Growth charts developed by the National center for Health Statistics were used to determine the deviation from standard. Tendency toward the hospital delivery was 87%. Immunization coverage for male infants was 57%. 18% mothers were uneducated. Low birth weight was observed in 5% of infants. Prelacteal feed was given to 37% of infants. Breast milk was offered to 63% of all infants. The prevalence of breastfeeding was 95% while 65% were exclusive breastfed, 19% infants were underweight (weight-for-age. 1 st degree malnutrition was observed in 5.3% infants, 2 nd degree in 3.3% and 10% were overweight. Among social factors associated with malnutrition, mother education and family income were not significantly correlated.


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