Anaemia in pregnancy is an important health issue resulting in high maternal morbidity and mortalityName : Dr. Peter Anlaakuu
Affliation : Nursing officer
University : Kintampo Health Research Center
Country : Ghana
Anemia in pregnancy is an important health issue resulting in high maternal morbidity and mortality. The purpose of the study was to identify factors associated with anemia among pregnant women receiving antenatal care at the Sunyani Municipal Hospital in Ghana.
A cross-sectional study involving pregnant women seeking antenatal care at the Sunyani Municipal Hospital was conducted between May and June 2015. It involved the collection of data on socio demographic and obstetric variables, medical interventions and malaria infection, consumption of iron containing foods and supplements using a case record form and a structured questionnaire. Also, data on hemoglobin concentrations at first and current antenatal visit were collected. Bivariate and multivariate statistical analysis were done to determine factors associated with anemia.
Out of the 316 participants, 129 (40.8%) were found to be anemic (Hb
Malaria infection, fish/snail’s intake and gestational age at first ANC visit were significantly associated with anemia. Addressing these factors can reduce the incidence of anemia in pregnancy.
Dr. Peter Anlaakuu has completed his MSc, major in Public Health Development at Ghana University, Ghana. He Worked as Nursing officer in Bechem Government Hospital from 2009-2010 and he has membership in Ghana Nurses and Midwives Association. Currently Dr. Peter working as Nursing officer in Kintampo Health Research Centre