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eSymposia | Optimizing Nutrition for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health


Pre-term delivery and neonatal deaths among anaemic pregnant women in the Bolgatanga metropolis of Ghana


Oct 21, 2020 12:00am ‐ Oct 21, 2020 12:00am

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Pre-term delivery and neonatal deaths among anaemic pregnant women in the Bolgatanga metropolis of Ghana Authors: Gideon Helegbe1, Paul Aryee2, Mohammed Baba Sulemana3 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UDS, Tamale, Ghana; 2Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, Tamale, Ghana; 3Department of Pharmacy, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UDS, Tamale, Ghana. Anaemia is of major public health interest. When left untreated among a vulnerable group such as pregnant women, it could lead to poor pregnancy outcomes such as pre-term delivery or death of the mother or neonate or both. However, data on the prevalence of preterm deliveries and its association with mortality in anaemic pregnant women in the study area is scanty. Thus the study sought to investigate the prevalence of pre-term deliveries in relation to neonatal deaths among anaemic pregnant women in the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital in Upper East region of Ghana during the past five years. A retrospective study design was adopted between March and May, 2016. Records of 201 anaemic women during any trimester of their pregnancy who delivered in the hospital in the last five years were included in the study. Data on the socio-demographic characteristics, health status, and birth outcome of participants were captured. Analyses done using SPSS version 18, whilst considering significant differences at p < 0.05. More than half of the anaemic women (52.2%, n= 105) had pre-term deliveries while neonatal mortality was 8.5% (n=17). Child mortality among preterm women was significantly higher compared to that of normal term women (p

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  • Gideon Helegbe, PhD, University for Development Studies, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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