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Title: A Study to Investigate Major Community Health Challenges and Their Predisposing Factors in Bushenyi District of South Western Uganda
Authors: Echoru, Isaac
Kasozi, Keneth Iceland
Ayikobua, Emmanuel Tiyo
Emorut, Simon Peter
Keywords: Community Health Challenges in Uganda
Community Health in Western Uganda
Public Health Uganda
Health Extension Services
Bushenyi District
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing
Citation: Echoru, I., Kasozi, K.I., Ayikobua, E.T. and Emorut, S.P. (2015) A Study to Investigate Major Community Health Challenges and Their Predisposing Factors in Bushenyi District of South Western Uganda. Open Journal of Epidemiology, 5, 81-88.
Series/Report no.: Open Journal of Epidemiology,;vo. 5, p. 81-88
Abstract: Poor health care systems have contributed to poor standard of living in Uganda. The aim of the study was to assess major health challenges to community health and identify major predisposing factors. This was a cross sectional study in Kyakagina Village of Bushenyi of South Western Uganda. A total of 39 households which included 102 children (<19 years) and 80 adults (>19 years) were included in the study and a semi structured questionnaire was used. It was shown that there were 39 homes and 182 members with more males than females. Age and gender were shown not to be associated (P = 0.157). The majority of participants who boiled water in the community were showed to be of both primary and secondary level of education at 48.7% and 51.3%, respectively, while a significant proportion was found to drink only filtered and sedimented water without treatment at levels of 87.2% and 82.1% who were of only secondary level of education. The adoption of modern contraceptive pills, tube ligation and injections especially amongst the secondary educated level was found to be high, i.e. 94.9%, 87.2%, 82.1%, respectively. Inferential analysis showed that there existed marked differences (P < 0.001) in the health practices between persons of different education levels. Major health challenges identified included malaria, cough and cold, diarrhea which were most prevalent amongnst children at 19.6%, 13.7%, and 10.8%, respectively. In conclusion, failure to clear bushes, boil drinking water and cover pit latrines (P = 0.213) were the major risk factors identified independent of age and education status in the various homesteads.
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