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Health of urban Ghanaian women as identified by the Women’s Health Study of Accra

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The purpose of the Women’s Health Study of Accra was to provide an assessment of the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable illnesses.
Method

This was a prospective, community-based study that included an interview for medical illnesses, a comprehensive physical examination, and laboratory testing. A total of 1328 women were examined at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, University of Ghana.
Results

Prevalent conditions included poor vision (66.8%), malaria (48.7%), pain (42.8%), poor dentition (41.6%), hypertension (40.2%), obesity (34.7%), arthritis (27.1%), chronic back pain (19.4%), abnormal rectal (16.0%) and pelvic examinations (12.7%), HIV in women age 24–29 (8.3%), and hypercholesterolemia (22.7%). Increasing age, lack of formal education, and low-income adversely affected health conditions.
Conclusion

The high prevalence of preventable illnesses in this expanding urban population indicates that the health care services are obligated to develop and provide screening, preventive strategies and treatment for both general health and gynecologic health conditions.

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Citation

Hill, A.G., Darko, R., Seffah, J., Adanu, R.M.K., Anarfi, J.K. and Duda, R.B. (2007) Health of urban Ghanaian women as identified by the Women’s Health Study of Accra International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 99, (2), pp. 150-156. (doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.05.024).

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Published date: November 2007
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography

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Local EPrints ID: 340413
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/340413
ISSN: 0020-7292
PURE UUID: 1cbe54e9-4156-4b04-aaf7-9ebdcbf3252a

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Date deposited: 21 Jun 2012 09:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:44

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Author: A.G. Hill
Author: R. Darko
Author: J. Seffah
Author: R.M.K. Adanu
Author: J.K. Anarfi
Author: R.B. Duda

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