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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2014 pp 250-252

Research Article

The study of incidence of maternal anaemia in various age groups of women going to labour in Orissa

Rajeshwari K.1*, Ashok Kumar Behera2

1Senior Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chamarajanagara Institute of Medical Sciences, Chamarajanagara District, Karnataka, INDIA.

2Professor and HOD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, S C B Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa, INDIA.



Introduction: Anaemia is the commonest medical disorder in pregnancy and has a varied prevalence, aetiology and degree of severity in different populations. Anaemia during pregnancy has been shown to be associated with a two-fold risk for preterm delivery and a three-fold risk for low birth-weight as well as maternal mortality. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that anaemia contributed to approximately 20% of the 515,000 maternal deaths worldwide in 1995. Keeping these facts in view, the present study embodies the observation of 250 cases among 400 cases attending labour room of S. C. B. Medical College, Cuttack (Orissa), giving an incidence of 62.5%, which is quite high in comparison to developed countries.