Study on profile of diarrhoea cases reporting to RHTC of Katihar Medical College, Katihar
Dr. Sandhya Kumari Suman
Introduction: Diarrhoea is responsible for 13% of under – 5 age deaths in India. The incidence of 3.2 episodes per children per year makes it major public health problem. Understanding the causation of diarrhoea and vulnerable groups will be helpful in proper planning of prevention strategies. Hence, this study was aimed at finding the profile of diarrhoea cases between 0-5 year’s age reporting to RHTC of Katihar Medical College. Methodology: The present study was descriptive and hospital based in nature. Caretaker of 511 under-5 age children selected by systematic random technique were interviewed using pre-tested proforma. Clinical and lab examination was done to find cause and clinical profile. Results: Mother’s illiteracy, nuclear family, kaccha house and lack of sanitary latrine were associated with higher chances of diarrhoea. E. coli was predominant pathogen and hookworm was more among parasitic infections.