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Title of the thesis

Assessment of Nutritional status in school going children in different socioeconomic groups

Name of Author

Dr Suresh Kumar Nagdev


C/o Mehran Lab, Blood Bank Naseerabad Larkana.

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Dr Saif Ullah Jamro


Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Children Hospital Chandka Medical College, Larkana


Assessment of nutritional status in school children, aged 05 to 10 years plays very important role in detecting nutritional status, because early detection and intervention can prevent permanent disorders. Descriptive study was conducted to assess the nutritional status among the school children of Government sector, and private sector at Larkana District, which is one of the big cities of Sindh Province. This study was conducted during month of March 2001 to November 2001. Prevalence of Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) was investigated among school children.

Pre intervention assessment of nutritional status of primary school children between 05 to 10 years of age was assessed in two different schools of high socioeconomic sector (private sector) and low socioeconomic sector (Government sector) to differentiate socioeconomic factor. The primary objective was to assess nutritional status in primary school children, and to compare nutritional status of primary school children in different socio economic groups. Total numbers of children enrolled for study were thirteen hundreds (1300), out of which seven hundreds (700) were from Government sector and six hundreds (600) were from private sector. Both male and female children were measured for height, weight and mid upper arm circumference and compared them with Water Low classification.

The over all nutritional status of school children was found to be good despite a high prevalence of malnutrition in Government sector. Mean weight, height and mid upper arm circumference were higher in children of high socioeconomic status (Private Sector), while Growth failure (under nutrition) has a higher frequency among children of low socioeconomic status (Government Sector) and over weight has a higher frequency among children of high socioeconomic status (Private Sector), while obesity was found more in females as compared to males.

We conclude that malnutrition is not only in under five years but also seen in school age children between 05 years to 10 years and there is a need of nutritional screening in each school in both private & Government sector to evaluate/monitor growth measurements of school children.


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