KIU, Western Campus – Emmanuel Gutaka, the Deputy Principal Nursing Officer for KIU Western Campus has published another study, this time in the Asian Journal of Research in Nursing and Health.
The study, whose title is “Factors Predisposing Children Under Five Years to Malnutrition at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital Bushenyi District, Western Uganda” was published in collaboration with Martin Odoki, Francis Okedi and Emmanuel Ifeanyi Obeagu.
It follows another one titled “Factors Hindering Adolescents from Utilizing Reproductive Health Services in Kampala International University Teaching Hospital,” which was published in the International Digital Organization for Scientific Research (IDOR) Journal earlier this year.
Speaking about this achievement, Gutaka thanked his colleagues for working with him on this research and reiterated the fact that it is very important to make such studies because they draw attention to the problems in our communities.
“I have always believed that unlike the common notion that publishing a study in a journal of international repute is prestigious for the researcher, I believe it is more important because it draws attention to the issue at hand,” Gutaka told this website.
“I believe it is of more use and impact if we make research with the intention of assisting in the solving of societal issues other than for academic prestige,” he added.
The study states that in Uganda, malnutrition remains a serious health and welfare problem affecting the under-five children to whom it contributes significantly to mortality and morbidity, and it set out to identify the factors predisposing children under five years to malnutrition at Kampala International University Hospital.
The study subsequently found that the rate of malnutrition under 5 years was 28.3%, implying that the rate of malnutrition in the study is low and the malnutrition rate was seen to change from place to place, time to time and from one population to another.