Health and Disease among Adolescent Urban School Girls in Bangladesh

Authors

  • Tahmina Banu Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Tanvir Kabir Chowdhury Department of Pediatric Surgery, Chittagong Medical College Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Tasmiah Tahera Aziz Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Nowrin Tamanna Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Arni Das Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Nugayer Sharmeen Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Sanchita Roy Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Durdana Sadab Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery Chattogram, Bangladesh
  • Sabbir Ahmed Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery, Chattogram, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/cmoshmcj.v21i1.59752

Keywords:

Adolescent; Allergy; Deworming; Malnutrition; Menstrual problem; School children

Abstract

Background: Adolescence is an important phase of life and adolescent girls have specific health related problems. The aim of the study was to address the health-related issues of urban school going adolescent girls from a lower-middle income country.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was performed among 1315 school high-school girls. Demographic and socioeconomic parameters were recorded and health related behaviours and problems analysed.

Results: Age ranged from 10 to 17 years. Immunization and deworming rates were 98.17% and 57.41%, respectively and deworming significantly reduced in higher classes (p=0.00). Major physical complaints were eye problems (583, 44.33%), allergy to various substances (500, 38.02%), headache (435, 33.08%) and menstrual problems (334, 25.40%). Obesity and overweight were significantly more in higher classes and underweight in lower classes (p<0.01).

Conclusion: Diverse and serious health related undiagnosed problems prevail among girls’ high school. Malnutrition, ocular problems, menstrual problems and headaches are major areas of concerns.

Chatt Maa Shi Hosp Med Coll J; Vol.21 (1); January 2022; Page 19-25

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Published

2022-05-19

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Banu, T. ., Chowdhury, T. K. ., Aziz, T. T. ., Tamanna, N. ., Das, A. ., Sharmeen, N. ., Roy, S. ., Sadab, D. ., & Ahmed, S. . (2022). Health and Disease among Adolescent Urban School Girls in Bangladesh. Chattagram Maa-O-Shishu Hospital Medical College Journal, 21(1), 19–25. https://doi.org/10.3329/cmoshmcj.v21i1.59752

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