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The Prevalence of Anaemia at Booking Among Pregnant Women at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

 

 

I.U. Unang and  A.M. Abasiattai

Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

 

 

Abstract: Anaemia in pregnancy is a major public health problem particularly in developing countries. Since it is the most common medical disorder in pregnancy, one of the goals of antenatal care should be the detection and management of all deaths of anaemia. The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence of anaemia at booking among pregnant women at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Nigeria. The case notes of all women who booked for antenatal care between 1st of May 2008 and 30th of September 2008 were reviewed. Majority (66.0%) of the women were anaemic at booking. The highest prevalence of anaemia was in women aged of 20-24 years (86.3%) and in those who booked for antenatal care in the third trimester of pregnancy (83.0%). The prevalence of anaemia among nulliparous women was 63.2% while grandmultips had a prevalence of 57.1%. the prevalence of anaemia among pregnant women at booking at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital is high and occurs most commonly among young women and also those who register for antenatal care in the third trimester of pregnancy. There is an urgent need for health education and promotion to encourage pregnant women in this environment to book early for antenatal care so that appropriate interventive measures could be taken to prevent anaemia and its deleterious effect in pregnancy.  

 

Keywords: Pregnant women, anaemia at booking, Uyo

 

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