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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-42

A study on mortality and morbidity pattern of acute childhood poisoning cases admitted in block primary health centres of sundarban, West Bengal


1 Professor and Head, Institute of Psychiatry, 7 D. L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025, India
2 Research Coordinator, Institute of Psychiatry, 7 D. L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025, India
3 DNB-Psychiatry Trainee, Institute of Psychiatry, 7 D. L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025, India
4 Research Assistant, Institute of Psychiatry, 7 D. L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025, India

Correspondence Address:
A N Chowdhury
Professor and Head, Institute of Psychiatry, 7 D. L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 18700721

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A hospital - record based study was conducted in Sundarban of West Bengal to explore the profile of mortality and morbidity pattern of acute accidental poisoning among children. Sundarban is an underdeveloped coastal region of West Bengal. Three years retrospective (1999 - 2001) data of childhood accidental poisoning cases were collected from the indoor admission registers and case history sheets of 11 Block Primary Health Centers (BPHC) of the region. A total of 1056 children with accidental poisoning were admitted during those three years of which 58% were males. Mean age of males was slightly higher than females in all the three years. Organophosphorus pesticide poisoning was the commonest.


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