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A descriptive cross sectional study on harmful traditional practices among children In Port Sudan Pediatrics' Emergency Hospital in Septemper 2008

A descriptive cross sectional study on harmful traditional practices among children In Port Sudan Pediatrics' Emergency Hospital in Septemper 2008

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Title: A descriptive cross sectional study on harmful traditional practices among children In Port Sudan Pediatrics' Emergency Hospital in Septemper 2008
Author: Mohamed, Bidour
Abstract: Traditional medicine is a cultural germ of various communities around the world especially in Africa. This study, a descriptive cross sectional study, was conducted to find the type and extent of harmful traditional (HTP) practices among 280 hospitalized children less than seven years admitted to the nutritional and gastroenteritis ward in Port Sudan Pediatric emergency Hospital “Red Sea State” in September 2008 .Guardians were interviewed about the different type of HTP using a structured questioner and children were examined for recent HTP and their complications. The result of the study showed high rates of milk teeth extraction (Kaabat) 51% (gums were cut or cauterized into canine buds). In 18% Uvulectomy were performed for treatment of chronic cough, vomiting and as tradition. Hard palate elevation in 31%.Cautery at different site of the body in 23%.And Scarification in 9%. In 77% of the studied females FGM (Female Genital mutilation) is either performed or is planned later. The damage done by these harmful practices in unhygienic conditions includes local infection, pain, hemorrhage, septicemia, tetanus, malnutrition, psychological trauma, death and possible transmission of hepatitis and HIV. Although many children survive these ill advised procedures and their complications, the considerable damage done to some of the children makes these procedures serious health hazards. Intensive health education with relevant health activities to reduce these traditional practices is recommended.
Description: A descriptive cross sectional study on harmful traditional practices among children In Port Sudan Pediatrics' Emergency Hospital in Septemper 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1675
Date: 2008


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