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RADIO ADVISORY AS A METHOD IN PROMOTION OF ORESOL AS A FIRST LINE MANAGEMENT OF DIARRHEA AMONG RESIDENTS OF BARANGAY PANAGAAN, MAHAYAG, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
Author: Aldeena Shara K Hajilan
Date: April 2016

This study sought to determine the effect of radio advisory in promotion of oresol as a first line management of diarrhea among residents of Barangay Panagaan, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. This research employed pre and post interventional design in determining the practices of the residents regarding management of diarrhea and their skills in preparation of oresol before and after the airing of radio advisory. Moreover, this study sought to determine the availability of oresol among the respondents’ households after the intervention. This study conveniently involved individuals with functioning radio at home. Prior to intervention proper, the researcher consulted with the Radio Manager of DXUM Mahayag and the said live advisory would be for free since it is a community radio. Agreement with the Municipal Health Officer wherein the respondents could avail the free oresol was also being made. The Radio Advisory was aired 3 times a day for 1 month and 2 weeks at 7am, 11am and 4-5pm, Mondays through Sundays except Saturday because the station was closed. The researcher conducted series of home visits for surveys and return demonstrations. A total of 89 respondents completed the entire duration of the study. Frequency distribution, Percentage, and McNemar’s Test were employed using SPSS Software in analyzing the results of this study before and after the intervention. The result of the study proved that radio advisory had an effect in improving the practices of the people when dealing with diarrhea. It also showed the effectiveness in improving the skills of the respondents in terms of preparing oresol, how to give and the amount to be given. Lastly, there was an increase in the number of people who had oresol at home. Prior to intervention, only 1 of the respondents had oresol at home but after the intervention, it became 26 (29.2%).

Keyword: radio advisory oresol interventional study Panagaan Mahayag zamboanga del sur

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