oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Haemoglobin values in Bantu schoolgrils

Volume 12, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



(1) An account of an investigation of haemoglobin levels in 98 Bantu schoolgirls aged between 12.5 and 17.5 is given. (2) The mean haemoglobin of the group was 12.9 Gm. per 100 mI., and 47 per cent. Had haemoglobins less than 13.0 Gm. per 100 mI, but only 2.1 per cent. less than 11.0 Gm. Per 100 ml. (3) Parasitic infections did not appear as a major contributory cause of anaemia in this series. (4) A drop of about 1.0 Gm. per 100 ml. was noted around the menarche, and it is therefore suggested that normal menstrual loss is the major factor in producing anaemia among Bantu women.

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