Malaria among pregnant women in Abeokuta, Nigeria

  • OA Idowu Department of Biological Sciences, University of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • CF Mafiana Department of Biological Sciences, University of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • S Dapo Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Abstract

Pregnant women were enrolled from two hospitals and a Traditional Birth Home (TBH) in Abeokuta, Nigeria and monitored monthly for malaria parasites from the first antenatal visit until delivery. A total of 466 pregnant women were recruited for the study. The prevalence of malaria was 57.4%, and was higher among women in the TBH. The prevalence of malaria in the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy were 37.5%, 47.3% and 47.5% respectively. At the time of the first antenatal visit 35.6% of the women were already parasitaemic, with a high frequency observed among primigravids. The prevalence recorded in the ninth month of pregnancy (35.7%) was not statistically different from that recorded at first antenatal visit (P>0.05). The need to improve the quality of care, malaria prevention and treatment given to pregnant women especially receiving antenatal care outside the hospital is recommended.

Keywords: malaria, pregnancy, antenatal care, traditional birth home, Nigeria

Tanzania Health Research Bulletin Vol. 8(1) 2006: 28-31
Published
2006-10-05
How to Cite
IdowuO., MafianaC., & DapoS. (2006). Malaria among pregnant women in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Tanzania Journal of Health Research, 8(1), 28-31. https://doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v8i1.14267
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