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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 110-114

An overview of the health status of Syrian refugee children in a tertiary hospital in Turkey

Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Adiyaman University, Adiyaman, Turkey

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Ibrahim Hakan Bucak
Altınşehir Neighborhood, Uygur Site, G-Bloc No: 32, Adiyaman 02040
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajm.AJM_17_17

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Objective: Migration is a problem affecting all family members, but particularly children. Child refugees are the highest risk group for the health systems of receiving countries. We investigated the health of 104 Syrian child refugees presenting to a tertiary hospital in Turkey. Settings and Design: A retrospective study was conducted in the pediatric clinic. Materials and Methods: The medical files of Syrian refugee children (0–18 years) presenting to Adiyaman University Hospital, Pediatric Clinic between 01 and 30 November 2015, were investigated. Demographic data, body measurements, and laboratory results obtained from patients' medical records were evaluated. Results: Mean age of patients was 53.5 ± 49.6 (2–198) months; 63 were male and 41 were female. Seventy-two patients (69.2%) were under 5 years of age. Weight in 20 patients (19.2%), height in 33 (31.7%), head circumference in 2 (1.9%), and body mass index in 7 (6.7%) were below the third percentile. All patients with body weight below the third percentile had chronic malnutrition. Anemia was present in 35 (50%) of the 70 patients for whom complete blood count data were available. Conclusion: Health workers involved with Syrian refugee children must consider the two preventable conditions; malnutrition and anemia.

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