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Trop Doct. 2003 Apr;33(2):91-4.

Need for paediatric surgery care in an urban area of The Gambia.

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Department of Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Banjul, The Gambia. Sbickler@ucsd.edu

Abstract

The report evaluates the need for paediatric surgical care in an urban area of sub-Saharan Africa. Seven hundred and forty-one children were treated for surgical problems from January through December 1997. The most common surgical problems were injuries (67.1%), congenital anomalies (15.0%) and surgical infections (6.7%). Forty-six per cent of children presenting with a surgical problem required a surgical procedure, 68.2% of which were classified as minor. The annual presentation rate for all surgical conditions was 543 per 10,000 children aged 0-14 years. The estimated cumulative risk for all surgical conditions is 85.4% by age 15 years. Our data suggest surgical diseases commonly affect children living in Banjul. Surgical care should be an essential component of child health programmes in developing countries.

PMID:
12680542
DOI:
10.1177/004947550303300212
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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