International Journal of
Medicine and Medical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Med. Med. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9723
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 531

Full Length Research Paper

Malaria parasitaemia among pregnant women with multiple child birth attending ante-natal clinics in parts of Idah and Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Areas of Kogi State, Nigeria

O. Yahaya
  • O. Yahaya
  • Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria.
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O. E. Miachi
  • O. E. Miachi
  • Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria.
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I. O. Umar
  • I. O. Umar
  • Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria.
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E. Uwaokhonye
  • E. Uwaokhonye
  • Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 26 October 2009
  •  Published: 30 November 2009

Abstract

The prevalence of malaria parasitaemia/ anaemia among pregnant women with multiple child birth were determined during two malaria transmission seasons in rural Idah and Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Areas of Kogi State. In each survey questionnaires were administered on previous number of child births and gestational age, while presence or absence of malaria parasitaemia was determined. A total of 797 pregnant women were enrolled in five (5) major clinics attended by pregnant women. A total of 384 (48.2%) had microscopic parasitaemia. There were more positive cases among primigravidae and the results showed a significant difference (P < 0.05) between the primigravidae and multigravidae, but showed no significant difference (P > 0.05) between the number of child births.  More women were infected between the age ranges of 16–25.

Key words: Malaria, pregnant, parasitamia, gravidae, gestation age.