Childhood Diseases Mapping in Gombe State, Nigeria

Authors: Rhoda Mundi Ph.D*, University of Abuja, Nigeria, Dakyes Samuel Panse Ph.D, University of Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday Ishaya Ph.D, University of Abuja, Nigeria, Stephen Yohanna Dr, Bingham University, Nigeria, Beatrice Biyaya Nwankwo, University of Abuja, Nigeria
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Geography and Urban Health, Population Geography
Keywords: Childhood Diseases, Mapping, Child Mortality, Nigeria
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Data from Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (2013) show variation in under-five mortality between the northern and Southern geo-political zones ranging from 185 deaths/ 1000 live birth in the North West to 90 deaths/1000 live births in the South West was influenced by several factors. The study maps the major childhood diseases in the study area and analyzed the complex socio-economic, cultural and environmental factors that influence the distribution of the diseases and mortality in the study area. Data on childhood diseases and mortality were collected from hospital visits of children aged 0-5 years during the last 10 years. Data on the demographic, socio-economic, cultural and environment factors of respondents were collected with the aid of questionnaires, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and In-Depth Interviews (IDIs) to explain perceptions and attitudes regarding the major diseases and child mortality. The results show malaria and other fevers, pre-term complications and whooping cough as the major childhood diseases; with variation in childhood mortality as influenced by the demographic, socio-economic, cultural and environmental characteristics of parents.

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