Diarrhoea kills nine children under the age of five in UP every hour, taking the toll to more than 71,000 deaths in a year. This has been stated in an external evaluation of the diarrhoea control programme done by experts from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore and Society for Applied Studies, New Delhi.
While 84% of private doctors in the state do not prescribe zinc to children, 85% providers in the government sector give zinc with ORS. The finding is significant since diarrhoea accounts for 13% of under five deaths in the state and private providers are the most widely sought sources of care-seeking for paediatric diarrhoea in UP . Published in the current issue of the Journal of Global health, the researchers’ work is titled “Management of childhood diarrhoea among private providers in UP , India”.