Conflict of Interest : None
The nutritional status of ‘urban poor’ school children in
this study is suboptimal and associated with certain
demographic characteristics like family size, age and
gender. It is evident however, that there may be some
interplay of other factors especially the social class and
certain environmental characteristics, which may be why
the slum resident children had worse nutritional status.
There is need for further studies focusing on the social
classification in terms of the educational level of the
parents, their occupation and income, and environmental
characteristics to get a holistic picture of the reasons for
the prevalent malnutrition. It is also recommended that a
school-based feeding programme should be introduced
in public primary schools in the area of study.
We are grateful to Dr Onyeonoro, a public health physi-
cian, Mr Kenechukwu Odumodu, an accountant with
Schlumberger company, Ghana and Engr. Ikechukwu
Odumodu, an author and director of a private school in
Nigeria, who helped with different areas of the analysis.
Dr Ndukwu Chibuzo is greatly acknowledged for his
support during the entire study.
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