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|Title: ||Abortion at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital|
|Authors: ||Turpin, C. A.|
Danso, K. A.
Odoi, A. T.
Soclo-demographic charac- teristics
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
|Issue Date: ||Jun-2002|
|Publisher: ||Ghana Medical Journal|
|Citation: ||Ghana Medical Journal, vol. 36 No. 2|
|Abstract: ||A total of 1,301 out of 1,313 cases of abortion ad-
mitted to the Gynaecology ward of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi in 1994 were analysed in a retrospective descriptive study to determine their socio-demographic and clinical characteristics.
Abortions were found to constitute 38.8% (i.e.
1,313 out of 3,385) of the admissions to the Gynae-
cology ward of KATH. Most of the patients were
aged between 20 to 24 years (26.5%) and 25 to 29
years (25.9%). About seventy nine percent (79.9%)
of the patients were married. The occupations
found among the patients were traders (43.9%), the
unemployed (19.9%) and seamstresses (12.9%).
Incomplete (40.8%), and inevitable (35.8%) abor-
tions were the most common clinical varieties. The
mean gestational age at which the abortions oc-
curred was 13.48 weeks (sd 4.77). One hundred and
sixteen (8.9%) of the patients, majority of whom
were unmarried, indicated that they had interfered
with the pregnancy or sought services for induction
of abortion. Majority (81 out of 116 or 69.7%) of
the induced abortions occurred among the 15 to 19
Intensification of reproductive and contraceptive programmes particularly targeted at persons at risk of unwanted pregnancy are recommended.|
|Description: ||An article published by Ghana Medical Journal, vol. 36, No. 2, 2002.|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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