alexa Home Injuries among Young Children in Malaysia

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Home Injuries among Young Children in Malaysia

Home injury among children is a public health concern. This study aimed to assess the prevalence rate and risk factors of home injury among children less than seven years old in Malaysia. Injury to young children is a public health problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that around 875,000 children under the age of 18 years old died as a result of injury in 2002. Besides the high rate of death among children, injuries during childhood also associated with high morbidity. It was found that for every dead injured child, there were several thousand more of children who survived with varying degrees of disability. Childhood injuries are indeed a growing public health problem which deserves more attention than being currently given. There is a need for educational and intervention programmes to increase the awareness and understanding of child safety and injury prevention in Malaysia and to make the home a safe environment for children.

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