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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 7
First page : ( 2761) Last page : ( 2764)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00510.3

Effect of Health Education and Iron Supplementation on Haemoglobin levels in Adolescent Girls

Rajkumar Dinesh John1, Manikandan R.1, Mathuf Mohammed Aboobacker1, Aakash Koripella Sree1, Pajapath Dolly k1, Kumar T. R. Ashok1, Sarumathy S.1,*, Logaraj M2

1Department of Pharmacy Practice, SRM College of Pharmacy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu, India-603203

2Department of Community Medicine, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu, India-603203

*Corresponding Author E-mail: manir11101994@gmail.com

Online published on 31 October, 2018.

Abstract

Aim and Objective

The objective of the study is to assess the effect of health education and iron supplementation on haemoglobin (Hb) and haematocrit (Hct) levels in adolescent girls.

Methods

Prospective observational study was conducted in adolescent girls (13–19 years) in the selected schools of kanchipuram district. Group A received iron with folic acid supplementation whereas group B subjects received health education along with iron and folic acid supplementation. Hb concentration and Hct values were estimated using digital haemoglobin testing system at baseline and follow up (3 months later).

Results

On the comparative assessment of iron supplementation with health education and iron supplementation alone, the present study showed a statistical significant increase in Hb and Hct levels in group B compared to group A subjects.

Conclusion

In conclusion, our findings suggest that health education and weekly iron folate supplementation can improve the Hb and Hct levels and also health education should be a part of our education system for the improving the health status of adolescent girls.

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Keywords

Adolescent Girls, Iron Deficiency Anaemia, Nutrition Education.

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