oa Central African Journal of Medicine - An investigation into the incidence and nature of Anaemia in pregnant African women

Volume 19, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



(1) An account of an investigation into haemoglobin, MCHC and serum iron values in 175 African women attending Harare Hospital Antenatal Clinic for the first time in the current pregnancy is given. (2) The mean haemoglobin for the group was 11,6 G %. 11.4% of �the patients had values less 10 G%. 6,3 per cent. had evidence of hypochromic anaemia, 1,7 per cent macrocytic anaemia, and 3,3 per cent. had a mixed anaemia. The mean MCHC was 30,2 per cent. (3) The mean serum iron was 81 ug per 100 ml. 20,9 per cent had levels below 50 ug %. (4) There was no significant difference in haemoglobin, MCHC and serum iron values between groups of women of differing parity.

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