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Articles by I.A. Onimawo
Total Records ( 2 ) for I.A. Onimawo
  J.U. Anyika , A.C. Uwaegbute , I.A. Onimawo and C.A. Echendu
  This cross-sectional survey evaluated the effect of contraceptives on menstrual cycle, menstrual flow and weight gain of adolescent female secondary and university students in Abia State, Nigeria. One thousand, six hundred (1600) adolescents aged 10 to 19 years were used for the study. Two secondary schools and two universities [(one secondary school/university from each Local Government Area (LGA)] were randomly selected. A structured self-administered questionnaire designed to collect information on health habits of adolescent girls was given to respondents in their schools. Information gathered from the questionnaires was coded and analyzed using the computer program Statistical Software package (SAS). Descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages were used. Results showed that majority (70.5% vs 58.75%) of adolescent university and secondary school girls, respectively described their menstrual cycle as regular (every month). A wide variety of contraceptives namely abstinence, safe period, intrauterine devices, vaginal jellies and creams and oral contraceptives were used by the students. Majority (60.97% vs 48.74%) of the subjects in the university and secondary school respectively reported that the contraceptives they used had no effect on their menstrual flow. Almost equal percentage of respondents (33.92% vs 33.49%) of the secondary school and university adolescents respectively reported that their menstrual cycle was regular every time. The study showed that abstinence and safe period were the most commonly used birth control methods by both secondary and university adolescent girls in Abia State, Nigeria.
  I.A. Onimawo and V.U. Onuoha
  This study aimed at identifying the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia among pregnant women at different pregnancy trimesters in rural and urban areas of Abia state, Nigeria. Iron deficiency anaemia is recognized as the most prevalent nutritional problem in the world and has devastating consequences on the mother and foetus. The subjects that participated in this study were pregnant women (in their various trimesters) from an urban hospital precisely the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia and a rural hospital, General Hospital, Amachara, both in Abia State; who attended the hospitals antenatal clinics. Their ages ranged between 19-39 years. A total of four hundred pregnant women were used for haemoglobin assessment while two hundred women were used for serum ferritin assessment. The assessments were carried out using standard procedures. The haemoglobin and serum ferritin concentrations were categorized using recommended standards. About 25% of the women were in their first trimester, 38% were in second trimester while 37% were in their third trimester. The mean age of the pregnant women was 28.54±4.71 years with a minimum of 19 years. The result showed that the prevalence of anaemia was 32.3% while 14% of the women were iron deficient. The prevalence of Iron deficiency anaemia was 33.3 and 30.8% among the rural and urban pregnant women respectively and mostly in their third trimesters.
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