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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Dlamini, Thomas
Email upetd@up.ac.za
URN etd-10062010-192322
Document Title Morbidity and mortality patterns among the under 5 year old children admitted to district hospitals in the Eastern Cape, 2000 - 2004
Degree MSc
Department Clinical Epidemiology
Advisor Name Title
Prof M J Matjila Supervisor
  • mortality
  • pre-transitional causes
  • morbidity
Date 2010-04-16
Availability unrestricted
Introduction.: The evaluation and improvement of the quality of health care services begins with the knowledge about the trends and causes of diseases.

Purpose: To describe the morbidity and mortality patterns for the under-5 year old children who were admitted in 11 district hospitals in Eastern Cape Province from 2000 to 2004.

Methods: Descriptive study where a multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 11 district hospitals. There were 25,122 causes of paediatric ward admissions (2000 to 2004) among under-5 children from ward register were reviewed and ICD-10 coded.

Findings: Pre-transitional causes were the leading causes of morbidity (68.4%) and mortality (74.2%) especially diarrhoeal lower respiratory tract infections and protein-energy malnutrition. There was particularly among male high infant morbidity and mortality rates observed from 2000 to 2004. Non-communicable diseases (8% morbidity and 4.2% mortality) and injuries (10% morbidity and 4.4% mortality) appeared to be of less public health concern among the under-5 children. Majority of under-5 mortality (43.4%) occurred within 24 hours of admissions (23.7% died on arrival). Influential variables for morbidity and mortality were region (Eastern), age (infants), year admitted and broad classification of the diseases (group I causes). There was a constant increase in morbidity and mortality which was observed during studied period.

Conclusion: Pre-transitional causes (especially diarrhoeal, lower respiratory tract infections and protein energy malnutrition) were of public health concern among the under-5 children and their magnitude has increased over the years studied.

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Please cite as follows:

Dlamini, T 2010, Morbidity and mortality patterns among the under 5 year old children admitted to district hospitals in the Eastern Cape, 2000 - 2004, MSc dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10062010-192322 / >


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