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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 98-101

Attitude of parents in a Niger Delta community towards ear, nose and throat diseases among their children: A preliminary study

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Nigeria
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
3 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Nigeria

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Bright Otoghile
Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/phmj.phmj_19_19

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Background: Ear, nose and throat (ENT) diseases occur commonly in childhood. Some of these diseases are the potential causes of mortality among children, particularly when they are not managed appropriately and timely. Hence, the aim of this study was to find the attitude of parents towards ENT diseases among their children. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, descriptive study carried out within 1 year (from August 2018 to July 2019) among the parents at Okolobiri, Bayelsa state, in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. Parents were interviewed with a structured questionnaire to find their attitude towards ENT diseases. Data obtained were analysed, and results were presented in a descriptive format. Results: This study involved 61 parents. There were 7 male (fathers) and 54 female (mothers) with a mean age of 33 years. The children of 42 parents had a history of ear disease, 40 had a history of nasal complaint and 21 had a history of throat complaint. A total of 5 parents sought medical treatment, 32 parents embarked on self-medication and 16 parents sought no medical treatment. Conclusion: Majority of parents at Okolobiri have negative attitude towards ENT diseases affecting their children. There is an urgent need to improve on community awareness programmes in this community to avoid risky health practices among parents towards their children.

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