International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2020)

Factors associated with Anaemia management among children under five in Kisumu county hospital, Kenya


Fredrick Oluoch, Daniel Mokaya, Daniel Sagwe

Background: High Prevalence of anemia and its consequences for children's health and especially for their growth and development, have made anemia an important public health problem. Given the difficulty in implementing effective measures for controlling anemia, World Health Organization (WHO) is implementing new strategies for the integrated management of the sick child in the primary care setting, which includes algorithms based on clinical signs detected by trained professional health care workers. We aimed to assess the healthcare-seeking behavior among caregivers of sick children who had severe anemia and are ten years and below in western Kenya. Methods: Data from a descriptive cross-sectional study design was used. Systematic random sampling was used to obtain the study subjects. The researcher collected data on factors associated with anemia management in Kisumu county hospitals by use of a structured questionnaire and clinician desk review charts. Association of factors was measured using a Chi-Square test of association. The odds ratio was also used for likelihood tests. Results: Results revealed that Anemia factors, Number of children <5 years of age, and type of food were major determinants for anemia management. Children who eat non-rich iron foods were less likely to practice good anemia management as compared to those who eat iron-rich food. Conclusions: Anemia management in Kisumu County Hospital is satisfactory. However, there is a need to conduct further studies on home and hospital management outcomes to ensure effective and efficient anemia management.
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Fredrick Oluoch, Daniel Mokaya, Daniel Sagwe. Factors associated with Anaemia management among children under five in Kisumu county hospital, Kenya. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 116-124
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