A survey of grade 1 school children in selected schools in the City of Manila was conducted to determine their current level of knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding medicine and their use for common health problems. A total of 603 pupils (PuS=481 and PrS=122) were included in the survey. Data were drawn from responses to question in the structured qiestionnaires formulated to respond to the objectives of the study. Analysis of the data was done using descriptive statistics. Results showed 1) that school children-were using medicines even for minor ailments; 2) they were purchasing and administering medicines for themselves and other family members; 3) there is a need to educate the school children on how to use medicine wisely. This study validates the need to educate our school children on rational medicine use and recommends its inclusion in the school children's health curriculum.
GENERAL OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency and variety of medicine use among Grade Vl schoolchildren for common ailments; 2. to determine current level of knowledge, attitudes and practices of school children and extent of their involvement relative to medicine and their use for common health problems; 3. to determine the sources of information of and influences on children regarding medicine use.