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IJHSR. 2015; 5(12): 274-281

Socio-Demographic and Economic Determinants of Umbilical Cord Infection among Neonates at Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Kenya: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Lucy Kinanu, Eunice Odhiambo, James Mwaura, Michael Habtu.

Background: Infections are the single most important cause of neonatal mortality and it is estimated that 300,000 infants die annually from tetanus and 460,000 die because of severe bacterial infections, of which cord infections are a major precursor.
Objectives: This study aimed to assess the socio-demographic and economic determinants of umbilical cord infection among neonates aged 3 to 28 days attending Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 178 mothers with neonates using systematic sampling method. The data was collected using pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire. Neonates were evaluated for signs of umbilical cord infection (pus, redness, and swelling). Chi-square test (p

Key words: Neonate; Infection; Pumwani Maternity Hospital; Umbilical cord.

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