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Relationship of personal hygiene with nutrition and morbidity profile: A study among primary school children in South Kolkata

Author(s): Deb Soumya | Dutta Sinjita | Dasgupta Aparajita | Misra Raghunath

Journal: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
ISSN 0970-0218

Volume: 35;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 280;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Morbidity | personal hygiene | school children

Background: Majority of the health problems affecting school children are preventable by promotion of hygienic practices through proper health education by the teachers, who are the first contacts. Objectives: The study was undertaken to find out the status of nutrition and personal hygiene among primary school children and their association with their varied morbidity profiles. Materials and Methods: A descriptive, observational, cross-sectional study was conducted in a primary school situated in the largest slum of Kolkata. Results: The participants included 103 boys and 81 girls, with a mean age of 6.2 years. The mean personal hygiene score of the girls (4.15 ± 0.98) was significantly higher than that of boys (3.2 ± 1.4) [P
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