Can Personal Hygiene determine Health? : Study amongst School Children in a tribal area of Thane District

Journal Title: National Journal of Research in Community Medicine - Year 2014, Vol 3, Issue 2


Background: Health education is one of the cheapest & most effective means to prevent majority of the health problems affecting school children. Objectives: A study was undertaken to find out the level of personal hygiene & it’s association with nutritional status & morbidity profile of school children in a tribal area of Thane district. Materials & Methods: A Cross-sectional study was conducted in a Mumbai Municipal Corporation school situated in Vaitarna, a tribal field practice area under Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC), Department of Community Medicine of a tertiary care hospital in Mumbai. Results: A total of 141 students were studied. The participants included 83 boys & 58 girls, with a mean age of 10.4 yrs. Most of the boys (84.33%) & girls (84.48%) were under nourished as per the W.H.O. growth standards. Over 87.94% of the children were suffering from one or more morbidities, the most common morbidity in both the sexes being anaemia, followed by dental caries. Conclusion: School health programme along with teachers and parents should imbibe good personal hygiene practices amongst students.

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Pallavi B Kunde, Adsul Balkrishna


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Pallavi B Kunde, Adsul Balkrishna (2014). Can Personal Hygiene determine Health? : Study amongst School Children in a tribal area of Thane District. National Journal of Research in Community Medicine, 3(2), -.