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DOI: 10.21276/amdr.2016.2.1.03
Epidemiological Character of Anemia among Wasit Province Children, Iraq

Jan-June 2016 | Vol 2 | Issue 1 | Page :11-14

Safaa A. Faraj1*, Jassam Khareem Al Lami2, Haider Nadim Abd al jabar3, Ula Majeed Abd Al Hassan4

1*MD Pediatrics, Hemato-oncologist, Welfare Teaching hospital, Medical city, Wasit university, College of medicine, IRAQ.
2MD Pediatrics, Al Karma Teaching hospital, Wasit, IRAQ.
3MD Pediatrics, Wasit university, College of medicine, IRAQ.
4M.B.ChB, Al Karma Teaching hospital, Wasit, IRAQ.

How to cite this article: Safaa A. Faraj, Jassam Khareem Al Lami, Haider Nadim Abd al jabar, Ula Majeed Abd Al Hassan. Epidemiological Character of Anemia among Wasit Province Children, Iraq. Adv Med Dent Res 2016; Jan-Jun; 2(1); 11-14. DOI:10.21276/amdr.2016.2.1.03

ABSTRACT

Background: Anemia is a major health problem worldwide and especially in developing countries. Anemia has adverse effects on the development of children.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine epidemiological character of anemia in children at age 1-5 years in AL Kharama Teaching hospital in AL KUT City. The study also sought to investigate the association between socioeconomic, demographic and cultural factors and anemia in the selected area.

Methods: A randomized, cross-sectional study was performed of children 12 to 60 months of age living in urban and rural areas of Wasit Province. Blood samples were taken from 90 randomly selected children.

 Results: The results showed that 57.8 % of the children had anemia. The highest prevalence was in the younger age group.

Conclusions: The high prevalence of anemia among children in Wasit -Iraq indicates a major nutrition and health problem. This study induces the responsible persons to carry out screening test for anemia especially in low income areas.

Keywords: : Anemia,Pallor,Iron deficiency.

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