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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of 309 children <5 years of age with anaemia

From: Prevalence and factors associated with severe anaemia amongst under-five children hospitalized at Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania

Variable Frequency Percentage (%)
Sex
 Male 177 57.3
 Female 132 42.7
Age
  ≤ 2 years 208 67.3
  > 2 years 101 32.7
Caretaker education
 No formal education 67 21.6
 Primary 203 65.7
 Secondary 32 10.4
 College/University 7 2.3
Caretaker occupation
 Housewife 52 16.8
 Employed by institution 29 9.4
 Small scale business 77 24.9
 Peasant 151 48.9
Nutritional status
 Normal 77 24.9
 Mild Malnutrition 74 24.0
 Moderate Malnutrition 38 12.3
 Severe Malnutrition 120 38.8
Birth Order
  ≤ 4 babies 209 67.6
  > 4 babies 100 32.4
Delivery status
 Preterm 7 2.3
 Term 302 97.7
Birth weight(kg)
  < 2.5 32 10.4
  ≥ 2.5 277 89.6
Weaning period
  ≤ 6 month 244 79.0
  > 6 months 65 21.0