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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-34

Anaemia and its associated factors among pregnant women in Koko, Kebbi State, Nigeria

1 Benue State Ministry of Health, Nigeria
2 Community Clinic, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
3 Department of Medical Physiology, College of Health Sciences, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria

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Ahmed D Balami
Community Clinic, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1115-2613.278829

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BACKGROUND:Anaemia in pregnancy remains a common problem affecting women in northern Nigeria. It is associated with several adverse consequences. OBJECTIVE:The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of anaemia and its associated factors among pregnant women in Koko/Besse local government area of Kebbi state,Northwest Nigeria. METHODOLOGY:A cross-sectional study was conducted among women using a standardized questionnaire for data collection. Haematocrit level was determined using the centrifuge technique. Data was analysed descriptively in Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). RESULTS: The prevalence of anaemia among our respondents was 23.5%.There were higher prevalence rates among those married in monogamous families, who did not attend antenatal care, unemployed, and those who were non-compliant with their prescribed antenatal care haematinics. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of anaemia in pregnancy even though high, was relatively lower than findings from other studies in the sub-region. A well developed and implemented public health intervention is likely to further reduce this prevalence.

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