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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the children with severe malnutrition admitted to Mwanamugimu nutrition unit

From: Prevalence and outcome of stress hyperglycaemia among severely malnourished children admitted to Mulago referral and teaching hospital in Kampala, Uganda

  Frequency (N = 235) Percentage
Age of patient (month)
< 6 months 33 14
≥ 6 months 202 86
Sex of Patient
Boys 132 56
Girls 103 44
Present district of residence
Kampala 96 41
Wakiso 56 24
Other 83 35
Religion of the patient
Christians 149 63
Muslim 86 37
Relationship of next of kin with the child
Mother 203 87
Othera 32 13
Education level of the caretaker
none/primary 140 60
secondary/tertiary/post tertiary 95 40
Occupation of the caretaker
 Professional/self employed 144 62
 Housewife 89 38
Breast feeding
 Yes 51 22
 No 183 78
  1. a others included grandmothers, fathers and aunties