Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Health status of adolescent beneficiaries of anganwadies in Ahmedabad City
Author(s): Yash Shah, Divya Barot, Khushbu Makadia, Geeta Kedia
Abstract: WHO proposed that the age limit of 10-19 years be used to identify as the adolescent age. A community based cross sectional study was carried out among 212 adolescent girls in an urban field practice area of B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad from January 2014 to March 2014. Objectives were to assess nutritional status and morbidity pattern among the adolescent girls and to suggest measures for improvement of health status of adolescent girls. It was observed that 46.22% of the girls were under nourished. Significant association was found between nutritional status and socio-economic class. Pallor was observed in 37.26% of the girls. Around 1/3rd of adolescents had menstrual problems. Under nutrition and pallor appeared to be major health problems, which could be addressed through nutritional interventions and distribution of IFA tablets to the adolescent girls. Periodic Medical examinations of adolescent girls could be promoted.