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Sociodemographic factors in anaemia in pregnancy at booking in Lagos, Nigeria.
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PMID:  17130028     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Anaemia in pregnancy is a common problem in many developing countries. In Nigeria, it is responsible for 11.0% of maternal deaths. This study examined the sociodemographic factors associated with anaemia in pregnancy. Anaemia was defined as a haemoglobin (Hb) level <11 g/dl. Proportions were compared using the chi2 test. A total of 35.3% of the 374 women studied were anaemic. Anaemia was more common in primigravidae than in parous women of parity 2 - 4 (chi2 = 6.87; p = 0.0087). Low socioeconomic status, (chi2 = 24.67, p = 0.00090), short interval between pregnancies (chi2 = 20.34, p = 0.000144), booking in the third trimester (chi2 = 15.4, p = 0.00045) and recent febrile illness (chi2 = 6.80; p = 0.0091) were associated with anaemia. Women who only used haematenics were more anaemic than those who also used anti-malarial chemo-prophylaxis (chi2 = 57.32, p = 0.00001). Anaemia in pregnancy is associated with several social and demographic factors. To reduce the prevalence of anaemia women need to have a good formal education, be economically empowered and good antenatal care must be made available, accessible and affordable to all women.
R I Anorlu; A A Oluwole; O O Abudu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-28     Completed Date:  2007-03-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  773-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere-Lagos, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia / epidemiology*,  etiology
Niger / epidemiology
Pregnancy Complications, Hematologic / epidemiology*,  etiology
Socioeconomic Factors

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