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Title: Abortion at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
Authors: Turpin, C. A.
Danso, K. A.
Odoi, A. T.
Keywords: Abortion
Soclo-demographic charac- teristics
Clinical characteristics
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 year group. 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1356
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