PREVALENCE OF MALARIA PARASITE AND HEPATITIS B VIRUS AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN ATTENDING ASHAKA MEDICAL CENTER, GOMBE STATE

I.A. Allamin1, I.B. Machina2 M. Ibn Abbas1 and H. Shuaibu1

1 Department of microbiology, University of Maiduguri P.M.B 1069

2 National Institute of Trypanosomiasis Research, Katsina liason office

Abstract

The study was conducted to determine the prevalence of Malaria parasite and Hepatitis B virus among pregnant women at Ashaka medical centre, Gombe State. The tests were carried out using diagnostic test device for malaria parasite S.D Standard diagnostic device INC. Lot No_082230K, and for Hepatitis B virus kit Disport test strip lot No-BSA305006. Questionnaires were administered to help in determining the risk factors. The study was conducted from April to July 2014. 140 pregnant women were screened for Malaria parasite and Hepatitis B surface antigen. Out of the 140 pregnant women tested only 26 (18.6%) were positive to malaria and 12 (8.6%) were positive for HBV. Therefore, government is commended for the slight decrease of this infection and encouraged to act drastically for total eradication.

Keywords: Malaria, Hepatitis B, Prevalence, and Women

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