Barriers to utilization of oral rehydration solution and zinc in managing diarrhoea among under-five children in Oyo State, Nigeria
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Despite its effectiveness, oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc use for managing diarrhoea among under-5 children (U5C) is low in Nigeria. We assessed the barriers to utilisation and sources of ORS/zinc in Oyo State, Nigeria. A cross-sectional mixed-methods design was adopted. Of the 1154 mothers in the quantitative study, only 71 (6.2%) reported recent U5C diarrhoea, of which 41 used ORS/zinc. Eleven of these 41 obtained ORS/zinc from private chemists, and six from government hospitals. Topmost barriers to utilisation of ORS/zinc are unavailability, unaffordability and poor awareness. Stakeholders should intensify efforts to sensitise women, and improve the availability and affordability of ORS and zinc therapy.
Fagbamigbe , A , Juma , J & Kariuki , J 2022 , ' Barriers to utilization of oral rehydration solution and zinc in managing diarrhoea among under-five children in Oyo State, Nigeria ' , BMJ Paediatrics Open , vol. 6 , no. 1 , e001450 . https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjpo-2022-001450
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