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Anaemia in Pregnancy

Anaemia in Pregnancy

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ANAEMIA IN PREGNANCY
ANAEMIA IN PREGNANCY
DR E. K. OKAGUA
DR E. K. OKAGUA
DEPT OF OBS/GYNAE
DEPT OF OBS/GYNAE
UPTH
UPTH
THE BURDEN
THE BURDEN
\ue000Anaemia is by far the most common
Anaemia is by far the most common
pregnancy complication worldwide
pregnancy complication worldwide
(Harrison,2001)
(Harrison,2001)
\ue000It affects 2/5
It affects 2/5th
th of the non-pregnant
of the non-pregnant
and over \u00bd of all pregnant women in
and over \u00bd of all pregnant women in
developing countries (WHO).
developing countries (WHO).
\ue000It however affects less than 20% of
It however affects less than 20% of
pregnant women in developed
pregnant women in developed
countries, the higher figure in
countries, the higher figure in
developing countries due to poverty,
developing countries due to poverty,
poor antenatal attendance and
poor antenatal attendance and
recurrent infection.
recurrent infection.
\ue000Anaemia in pregnancy is a major
Anaemia in pregnancy is a major
health problem in many developing
health problem in many developing
countries where nutritional
countries where nutritional
deficiency, malaria and other
deficiency, malaria and other
parasitic infections contribute to
parasitic infections contribute to
increased maternal and perinatal
increased maternal and perinatal
mortality and morbidity.
mortality and morbidity.
\ue000After the puerperium, the debilitating
After the puerperium, the debilitating
effect of anaemia undermines the
effect of anaemia undermines the
woman's health, lowers her economic
woman's health, lowers her economic
productivity and reduces their ability
productivity and reduces their ability
to care for their homes and look after
to care for their homes and look after
their children
their children

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