Pattern of knowledge and consumption of iron among teachers of reproductive age group in Jammu region: a cross sectional study

Neha Choudhary, Preeti Manhas, Akash Narangyal, Rohan Singh Manhas


Background: Iron deficiency is caused by a persisting imbalance between a person’s dietary intake and body’s physiological demand of iron. A catch hold of these causes needs to be undertaken to break the intergenerational cycle of anaemia as well as recurrent infections associated with it. Objectives was to assess knowledge and consumption of iron among teachers in the reproductive age group.

Methods: 110 school teachers were selected from selected government and private schools (primary/middle/ secondary/higher secondary) by simple random sampling technique. Teacher’s knowledge and consumption of iron consumption and associated factors was studied using a pre- tested; self- administered questionnaire.

Results: 58.3% teachers were in the 30-39 year age group. Maximum were married 85.45%, 61.81% were post- graduates and 42.72% were in higher-secondary schools. 60.90% had a family income of >Rs 30000. 70.90% believed foods are the best source of iron. 57.27%, 53.63% believed menstruation effects body source of iron. 80.90% and 85.45% believed that iron has a role in pregnancy and iron rich foods and tablets are sufficient to maintain its body stores.

Conclusions: IEC activities needs to be conducted among different strata of population so that the intake of iron could be increased and associated factors effecting its intake and absorption could be taken care of.


Iron, IEC activities, WHO

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