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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 1999  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-29

Childcare and child health among peasant women working in agricultural crop production in rural community of Mangu, northern Nigeria


1 Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
2 Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, Nigeria
3 Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Nigeria
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It is believed that any physically strenuous activity a woman undertakes could affect her traditional role of child bearing and child rearing either positively or negatively. This study was elaborate to assess the effect of agricultural work load on child care and child health among women agricultural workers. The study was a cross­ sectional type with a sample size of 400 women selected using a two stage cluster sampling technique and divided into sub-groups according to their agricultural work profile. The results show vividly that child care and child health suffer adversely in the face of heavy agricultural workload. More studies in this field is therefore advocated in order to fully evaluate the impact of other physically stressful activities of mothers on the health and care of their children.


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