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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 232-234

Health status of adolescent girls in an urban community of Gulbarga district, Karnataka


Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Khajabanda Nawaz Institute of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India

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A S Indupalli
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Khajabanda Nawaz Institute of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga, Karnataka
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A community based cross sectional study was carried out among 250 adolescent girls aged 13 -19 years in an urban community of Gulbarga from April 2004 to March 2005. This age group was considered for the study because of marked acceleration of physical and emotional development occurs. Objective was to assess health problems and suggest measures for improvement of health status of adolescent girls. It was observed that 94% had anemia, 27.6% suffered chronic energy deficiency while 46% had other health problems and 37.2% had menstrual problems. Anemia appeared to be a great public health problem, which could be addressed through distribution & intake of IFA, tablets either in schools or at house hold level.


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