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Prevalence of anaemia and undernutrition among street children in Mysuru, India

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K Jagadish Kumar ,

Department of Paediatrics, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) Medical College, Mysore, India, IN
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K B Chethak,

Department of Paediatrics, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) Medical College, Mysore, India, IN
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H V Rama,

Department of Community Medicine, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) Medical College, Mysore, India, IN
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H R Bhaktavatsala,

Department of Paediatrics, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) Medical College, Mysore, India, IN
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V Vikash

Department of Paediatrics, Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) Medical College, Mysore, India, IN
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Abstract

Objectives: To assess the haemoglobin levels and nutritional status of the street children in Mysuru.

Method: In this prospective study, 204 street children were recruited. Clinical examination was done and haemoglobin was estimated with the cyanmethaemoglobin method. Classification of anaemia and undernutrition was done according to WHO criteria.

Results: Anaemia was noted in 52.5% children and 62.6% of these anaemic children had moderate anaemia. Prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting was 76.5%, 36.8% and 52% respectively.

Conclusion: Of the street children in Mysuru, 52.5% had anaemia, 76.5% were underweight, 36.8% had stunting and 52% had wasting according to WHO criteria.

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2017; 46: 44-47

How to Cite: Kumar, K.J., Chethak, K.B., Rama, H.V., Bhaktavatsala, H.R. and Vikash, V., 2017. Prevalence of anaemia and undernutrition among street children in Mysuru, India. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 46(1), pp.44–47. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v46i1.8105
Published on 05 Mar 2017.
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