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Anaemia, Folate and Vitamin B-12 Deficiency among Pregnant Women in an Area of Unstable Malaria Transmission in Eastern Sudan

Anaemia, Folate and Vitamin B-12 Deficiency among Pregnant Women in an Area of Unstable Malaria Transmission in Eastern Sudan

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Title: Anaemia, Folate and Vitamin B-12 Deficiency among Pregnant Women in an Area of Unstable Malaria Transmission in Eastern Sudan
Author: Abdelrahima, Ishraga I.; Adamb, Gamal K.; Mohmmed, Ahmed A.; Salih, Magdi M.; Ali, Naji I.; Elbashiera, Mustafa I.; Adam, I.
Abstract: A cross-sectional study was carried out between October 2007 and January 2008 to investigate the prevalence and types of anaemia among pregnant women of eastern Sudan. Socio-demographic and obstetrical data were collected using a questionnaire. Haemoglobin (Hb), serum ferritin, serum folate and vitamin B12 were assessed using standard laboratory methods. Two hundred and seventy-nine pregnant Sudanese women were recruited. Anaemia (Hb <11 gdl) and iron deficiency (ferritin <15 g/l) were prevalent in 80.3 and 14.3% of the study sample, respectively. Of the total sample, 11.1% had iron-deficiency anaemia. Serum folate (<6.6 ng/ml) and vitamin B12 (<150 pg/ml) deficiency was reported in 57.7 and 1%, respectively, and none of the women had both folate and vitamin B12 deficiencies. Univariate and multivariate analyses showed that ferritin, serum folate and vitamin B12 levels were not significantly associated with anaemia. Thus, there was a high prevalence of anaemia and folate deficiency. Measures to control these should be considered.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/18212
Date: 2016-01-05


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