Anaemia affects nearly 2 billion people worldwide and about 50% of all children less than 5
years old. The prevalence of anaemia in children less than 5 years is 67% in Africa, about,
28% anaemia is found in sub- Saharan Africa. The Purpose of this study was to establish knowledge
and practices of mothers towards prevention of anaemia among children under five years of
age in Kitagata Hospital, Sheema District. The researcher used a quantitative design and the
study was carried out in Paediatric ward in Kitagata Hospital. Purposive sampling method
was used. Only 45 respondents/mothers/caretakers of children under five years of age
diagnosed by clinicians/doctors as having anaemia and admitted on pediatric ward of
Kitagata hospital were enrolled. Results revealed that 89% (40) said Yes that they have ever heard of anemia
out of 40 respondents who have ever heard of anaemia according to the results,
most respondents’ source of information with 42.2% got from health workers, 35.0% others
(radio, village members), 12.5% older person at home, 10.0% from friends. Nearly 86% (38) of
the respondents reported yes that their children have ever suffered from disease causing
anaemia while 16% (7) No they never suffered. The study revealed that many respondents ever
heard of anaemia but few never heard of and their sources of information were got from
health workers, others (radio, village members), older person at home, and friends. Health
education programs to be done.
Keywords: Children, Mothers, Anaemia, Information, Kitagata Hospital.
HOW TO CITE
Kirabo Peninah (2023).Evaluation of Mothers Knowledge towards Prevention of Anaemia among
Children under five years of age in Kitagata Hospital, Sheema District. INOSR APPLIED SCIENCES 10(1):30-44.