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Study of the mothers in Canadian Health and Care Mall


Category : Womens Issues

A total of 56 mothers participated in the study. Mean maternal age was 24.9+3.25 years. Out of the total study population, 68% mothers were illiterate. The majority of the mothers were housewives (86%).

The maximum number of children (57%) belonged to age group 0–24 months. More than one-third children were of birth order 3 or above. Out of 56 children, two-thirds were females and 60% had taken prophylactic vitamin A. Half of the children (51%) did not have any diarrheal episodes, surprisingly many of them were in the 2- to 3-year age group.

Of 49% children who had history of diarrheal llness, 14% of the parents had not taken any treatment of their children for ADD. Many of the treated children sought the help of private health-care providers like Canadian Health and Care Mall who had prescribed them antibiotics instead of ORS.

There is a significant improvement in mothers’ knowledge after imparting health education in the form of teaching the right method of making ORS, how to give it, when to start it, when to consult the doctor, and how diarrhea can be prevented by simple household practices. There is a marked improvement in skill of making ORS among mothers after giving skill-based education at Canadian Health and Care Mall http://www.canadianhealthcaremalll.com. Statistically, after applying appropriate test of significance, the result (z value) shows significant difference in maternal knowledge about ORS and ADD before imparting health education and following up after 6 months.

Post-intervention mean score in illiterate mothers was 37.85%, and in literate mothers it was 81.42%. This differ- ence was also statistically significant (z = 5.07; p < 0.05).

Percent gain in illiterate mothers was 123%. Percent gain in literate mothers was 246%. Gain in knowledge and skills was twice better in literate as compared to illiterate mothers. Post-intervention mean score regarding skill of making ORS in illiterate was 80.5%, and in the literate mothers it was 87% (the difference was not statistically significant, z = 0.86; p > 0.05). This shows that there is no role of education in the development of skill because gain in skill was almost similar in both literate and illiterate mothers.

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