Pattern of childhood injury presenting at general hospital aliero, Nigeria

  • D Buowari

Abstract

Background: Injuries are important causes of morbidity and mortality in childhood. Children are vulnerable to injuries of any kind. Method: This is a prospective study of children with injuries who presented at General Hospital Aliero. Records were kept of injuries in children age fifteen years and below that occurred from February to November 2006 at General Hospital, Aliero. We aim to study the pattern of childhood injuries presenting at General Hospital Aliero, Nigeria Result: Most of the injuries occurred at home 31 (48.4%) and on the road 28(43.8%). Road traffic accidents occurred when a moving vehicle or motorcycle hit children or children falling from moving trucks. Boys 39(60.9%) were more involved in injuries than girls 25(39.1%). Mortality occurred in three injured children. Conclusion: Childhood injuries occur more in the boys and commonly Parents and guardians should not leave children unattended even for a moment. Children should always be in company of an adult when outside the home. Childhood injury can lead to serious work and financial problems for families. Health promoting and injury preventive interventions should be instituted to reduce the rate of injuries and their effects on children.

Key Words: Children, Injury, Road Traffic Accident, Home

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