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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 242-243

Morbidity and treatment seeking behavior among adolescent girls in a rural area of North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal.

1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, India
2 Professor, PSM, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, India

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Dilip Kumar Das
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 17444056

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A community based, cross-sectional study, conducted in 1999 in a rural area of West Bengal, among 143 adolescent girls (10-19 years), selected through multistage sampling procedure revealed prevalence of acute and chronic morbidity as 30.8% and 7.7% respectively. 84.1% adolescent girls sought for treatment during acute morbidity from various sources; only 22.7% from Government health facilities. Non- availability of medicine (34%), long distance (24%) and poor quality of treatment (10%) were the main reasons for non-utilization of Government health facilities.

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