Table 1

Characteristics of sick children presenting, referred & admitted to St. Francis Hospital

Characteristic

Children Attending

Children referred

(n = 7989*)

Number (n = 235) (%)

Admitted (n = 167) (%)


Age

< 1 year

3567 (45%)

142 (60%)

106 (63%)

1 year

2332 (29%)

53 (23%)

37 (22%)

2 years

1178 (15%)

24 (10%)

16 (10%)

3 years

629 (8%)

9 (4%)

5 (3%)

4 years

283 (4%)

7 (3%)

3 (2%)

Sex

Males

4033 (51%)

123 (53 %)

87 (52 %)

Females

3915 (49%)

109 (47 %)

79 (48 %)

Missing information

41

3

1

Diagnosis

Severe malaria

4687 (59%)

83 (35 %)

47 (28 %)

Anaemia

219 (3%)

83 (35 %)

79 (47 %)

ARI**

573 (7%)

17 (7 %)

14 (8 %)

Acute diarrhoea

229 (3%)

6 (3 %)

4 (2 %)

Other

2267 (28%)

46 (20 %)

23 (14 %)

Missing information

14

0

0

Distance travelled (km)

<5

4887 (62%)

14 (6 %)

7 (4 %)

5–10

2279 (29%)

64 (27 %)

45 (27 %)

10–50

290 (4%)

70 (30 %)

58 (35 %)

>50

459 (6%)

84 (36 %)

55 (33 %)

Missing information

74

3

2

Referred by

Dispensary

146 (62 %)

108 (65 %)

Private Doctors

52 (22 %)

29 (17 %)

Health Centre

29 (12 %)

27 (16 %)

Traditional Healer

5 (2%)

2 (1 %)

VHW***

2 (1 %)

1 (1 %)

Missing information

1

0

Time to reach SFDDH (days)

0–1

117 (52 %)

99 (63 %)

2+

106 (48 %)

58 (37 %)

Missing information

12

10


*Age was unknown for 78 children (<1%), and these have been omitted from the analysis. **Acute Respiratory Infection ***Village Health Worker

Font et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2002 2:4   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-2-4

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