Results of Unintentional Injuries among Preschool Children Enrolled in Day-care Centers from Selected Villages around Gaborone, Botswana
employed a descriptive cross-sectional study qualitative and quantitative
designs to gather data through structured interviews, questionnaires over a
certain period in time in the past (retrospective) and the present
(concurrent), and then analyze the results. The study was undertaken in the
selected villages around Gaborone Botswana, situated in the south of the
country. Its final focus was to publish the research results from a research
survey done on unintentional injuries among preschool children enrolled in
day-care centers from selected villages around Gaborone, Botswana. The
population consisted of 47-day care centers in the selected villages around
Gaborone which are all situated in Mogoditshane/Thamaga Subdistrict. A sample
of 45 care centers was drawn using Yamane formula. Data were then collected
through auditing, structured interviews, and questionnaires. The Statistical
Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) program was used to analyze the data. The
summary of the results of the current study show that: i) Males are more likely
to get injured than females ii) Older children are more likely to sustain UI
(iii) UI are sustained in the late afternoons iv) UI are more likely to be
sustained in the early and late part of the week v) Season or term of study is
not a factor of UI vi) Amount of time spent at school is a factor of UI (Davis,
Godfrey & Rankin 2013).The findings indicate that there are factors that
can have a negative influence on the occurrence of unintentional injuries in
day care centers. It is suggested that a supportive teaching programme in the
form of a workshop for service providers, teachers and parents should be
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