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    Self-Medication among Patients Attending Kampala International University Teaching Hospital Out Patient Department Ishaka-Bushenyi District, Western Uganda.
    (Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences, Western campus, 2017-07) Birungi, Solomon
    Self-medication use has led society to antibiotic resistance-a serious health problem worldwide. AIM: This study aimed to assess prevalence, factors, common drugs used to treat the common symptoms and sources of the drugs used in self-medication by patients attending Kampala International University Teaching Hospital in Ishaka, Bushenyi district in Western Uganda. STUDY DESIGN: The cross-sectional descriptive study method was processed using questionnaires in different out-patient clinics at l
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    Attitudes and practices on breastfeeding among mothers seeking medical care at Mandera district hospital, Mandera district, North Eastern Kenya
    (Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences, 2014-06) Abdihakim Ismail Elmi
    Exclusive breastfeeding is defined as the practice of giving a child milk and milk alone without any food supplement for the first six months of life. Though there has been an adequate intervention to scale up exclusive breastfeeding, there still remains a big gap to overcome in the adaptation of exclusive breast feeding including cultural barriers, knowledge gaps and attitudes. A cross sectional retrospective study was conducted at Mandera Hospital, Kenya to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers in exclusive breastfeeding between January 2014 and June 2014.This study found out that majority of mothers (75%) have heard and have and up to date knowledge about exclusive breastfeeding, 25% started breastfeeding within a day and 11.84% said they started breastfeeding after a day of delivering. This study also found out that 38(43.68%) of the mothers believed that exclusive breastfeeding is inadequate, and 19(21.84%) says that exclusive breastfeeding makes a child feels hungry. Breastfeeding is highly practices among mothers attending Mandera hospital, though many mothers have limited knowledge on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to the baby. And finally recommended that government should adapt local polices to control barriers to breastfeeding especially among working mothers, Health sector should provide education to mothers on the value of breastfeeding and the importance of breastfeeding for a longer period of time and that mother peer to peer groups should be established within the communities to provide ongoing support to other mothers at community levels.
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    Prevalence of hypertension among mothers attending antenatal clinic at Kampala International University teaching hospital Bushenyi District western Uganda
    (Kampala International University. School of Health Sciences (Western Campus), 2014-06) Abdinasir, H. Yusuf
    This research set out to assess the prevalence of hypertension among pregnant women attending antenatal care at KIU-TH. Specific objectives included: determining proportion of pregnant women with hypertension, to assess factors related to hypertension and complications due to hypertension. It was noted that all the respondents in the study population had ever been diagnosed with hypertension or have hypertension. This was attributed to the fact that they were pregnant and pregnancy puts women at a high risk to hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions. The major factor noted to predispose the pregnant women to hypertension was adding extra salt to food. This was blamed on the fact that the respondents did not know the health effects of adding extra salt to already prepared food. This can be addressed by adequate health talks during antenatal care period. Other factors noted to predispose one to hypertension was family linkages/genes, taking alcohol and smoking. Most of the respondents agreed that if hypertension is not treated complications can arise. The major complications that can arise due to unmanaged hypertension according to the respondents were cardiovascular diseases. Other complications that closely followed were pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. This knowledge expressed was expected since most individuals believe hypertension is directly related to the cardiovascular system though they don’t know the exact mechanism of how the two are related