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Knowledge of nutritional and health needs of children among rural residents of Enugu north senatorial zone in Enugu State, Nigeria.

Authors
  • Okoye, Uzoma O
  • Ngwu, Christopher N
  • Tanyi, Perpetua L
Type
Published Article
Journal
International quarterly of community health education
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
Volume
35
Issue
2
Pages
148–162
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0272684X15569489
PMID: 25856806
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The article assessed knowledge of the nutritional and health needs of children among rural dwellers in Nigeria. Focus group discussions were conducted with all male and female groups in four purposively chosen rural communities in Nsukka Senatorial zone of Enugu State. These generated data on participants' knowledge on the nutritional and health needs of the children as well as their socio-demographic characteristics. All the participants were married with mean age of 41 and 36 years for males and females, respectively. The participants had six and four children on the average for male and female participants, respectively. Findings show that participants demonstrate knowledge of basic dietary needs of children; however, actual practice is lacking. Men believe women have the sole responsibility for children's nutrition. Exclusive breastfeeding is not adhered to by participants. Some reservation still exists about immunization. Sustained health education on exclusive breastfeeding and child immunization targeting both sexes is still needed.

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