Home injuries, associated factors and health seeking behavior among children in Kitaka zone, Nyendo ward, Masaka Municipality
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Introduction: Home injuries present an important health burden worldwide and the home is a setting that is at least as significant as the road for injury. In Africa, the burden of home injuries is higher. Available information indicates that home injuries are responsible for an increasing share of morbidity and mortality in Uganda. Major factors associated with the burden of home injuries in Kitaka zone, Masaka municipality are still contextual. On this basis, this study aimed at assessing the burden of home injuries and associated factors in Kitaka zone. Objectives: This study aimed at assessing the burden of home injuries, associated factors and health seeking behaviours among children aged 0 to 17 years. Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study involving collection of quantitative data. Data was collected from caretakers of the children through conducting face to face interviews using semi-structured questionnaires. Collected data were entered in Epi-data version 3.1 and cleaned, then exported to STATA version 13 for analysis. Proportions, measures of central tendency and measures of variation were used to describe the study subjects. Results: Majority of study respondents 255 (75.4%) reported to earn less than 500,000 Uganda shillings a month, male 244 (72.2%) and were biological parents to children 243 (71.9%). Furthermore, 305 (90.2%) had experienced home injuries before, of which 117 (38.4%) were burns. About 325 (96.2%) of caretakers heard about home injuries before, of which 141 (43.4%) heard it from mass media. Slightly over three quarters 255 (75.4%) reported to store chemicals out of children’s reach. A substantial number of children had chronic illnesses 44 (13%) and 66 (19.5%) were involved in physical violence. Slightly over half 171 (50.6%) of study respondents had their children self-treated after injury, 175 (51.8%) because it was accessible. Conclusions: Health education and sensitization of community members of Nyendo ward through radio talk shows about preventive mechanisms of home injuries so as to reduce on home injury prevalence. Continuous cautioning of children to ensure that they are not involved in any form of physical violence. Caretakers should seek necessary medical attention from a skilled health worker in case of an injury and children having chronic illnesses with the aim of reducing the risk of home injuries.