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Ann Med Res. 2006; 13(4): 237-242

Iron Deficiency Anaemia Among Students of Two Primary Schools at Different Socioeconomic Conditions in Malatya, Turkey+


Mine Kaya*, Erkan Pehlivan**, İsmet Aydoğdu***, Metin Genç**, Gülsen Güneş**, Emin Kaya***, İrfan Kuku***




Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world. To determine the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) and associated social and nutritional factors, two primary school students from different socioeconomic status in Malatya province center, in Turkey, were evaluated by using hematocrit and peripheral blood smears. Total of 1633 students of two primary schools -Haniminciftligi and Gazi Primary Schools- were studied.

Prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia was 4.2 % among the students of the urban school and 13.8 % among  the students of the shunty town school (p

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