Diarrhoeal diseases in children--a survey in east Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh

Patnaik, S.K.

Journal of Communicable Diseases 22(1): 43-46

1990


ISSN/ISBN: 0019-5138
PMID: 2230020
Document Number: 366112
A survey carried out in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh to determine the extent of diarrhoeal disease problem in children under five years of age revealed an incidence of 7.5 per cent. It was two times more frequent in infants than in the age group of 1-4 years. Mortality due to diarrhoea was 1.1 per thousand children which was two times more in infants than in the age group of 1-4 years. As high as 68.5 per cent of children were treated with antibiotics. There is a need to standardize management of diarrhoeal diseases in order to eliminate wasteful use of antibiotics.

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