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Modern and traditional care practices to childhood Morbidities in rural Odisha, India: A Case study of Rural Jajapur District, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1IIHMR University, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Near Sanganar Airport, Jaipur-302029, Rajasthan, India
  • 2Department of Mathematical Demography and Statistics, International Institute for Population Science, Mumbai-400008, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (10), Pages 29-35, October,14 (2016)


Odisha has experienced high level of infant and child mortality since long back. According to the recent bulletin of Sample registration System (SRS)- September 2013, Odisha has the third highest IMR with 53 of them dying per 1000 live births among all the states of India after Assam and Madhya Pradesh. The present study tries to understand childhood morbidities, treatment seeking and influence of women’s family and outside network members on childhood morbidities. The indigenous treatment behaviour is also assessed in this paper. Jajpur district which has high infant mortality rate was selected and primary data was collected for the present study. Univariate and bivariate techniques were used for the purpose of analysis. The results obtained fever and respiratory problems are more common among children. Three-fourths of children were given treatment for diarrhoea and nearly everyone was treated for fever. However, less than 70 percent of children were given treatment during ARI. For all morbidities, government hospital is the most preferred place of treatment because of location of the health facilities nearby to villages and affordability. On the onset of disease symptoms, they mostly prefers home remedies or traditional healing if not cured within 0-1 days they prefers going to either community health workers, less qualified doctors or buying from medicine store for which they take 2-3 days. Unless cured by home remedies and other health workers they choose going to doctors of primary health centres or other qualified doctors. People go to less qualified doctors for treatment and then go to good allopathic doctors unless cured in Odisha. This study can be concluded that despite of increasing medical awareness in society traditional healing is strongly prevalent.


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