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Table 3 Prevalence of morbidities among children aged 2–59 months admitted in public hospitals in the Lake Zone (N = 1130)

From: Morbidity and mortality of children aged 2–59 months admitted in the Tanzania Lake Zone’s public hospitals: a cross-sectional study

Symptom/diagnosis Number (%)
Major symptoms
 Fever 995 (88.1)
 Vomiting 518 (45.8)
 Diarrhoea 397 (35.1)
 Cough 384 (34.0)
 Difficulty in breathing 189 (43.3)
 Convulsions 153 (36.5)
 Pallor 75 (6.6)
 Body swelling 49 (4.3)
 Abdominal discomfort 29 (2.6)
 Other 279 (24.7)
Major diagnosesa
 Malaria 555 (49.1)
 Anaemia 420 (37.2)
 Diarrhoea 305 (27.0)
 Pneumonia 249 (22.0)
 Severe stunting 219 (20.5)
 Moderate acute malnutrition 150 (13.7)
 Urinary tract infections 113 (10.0)
 Severe acute malnutrition 92 (8.4)
 HIV/AIDS 32 (2.8)
 Sickle cell disease 13 (1.2)
 Any other 216 (19.1)
  1. aOne child may have multiple diagnoses. Therefore, here we present overlapping diagnoses