Epidemiology Of Hepatitis B Infection Among Pregnant Women in Minna, Nigeria

  • Ndams I. S. Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Joshua I. A. University Health Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Luka S. A. Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Sadiq H. O. Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Abstract

A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted amongst 261 pregnant women attending ante natal clinic at General hospital, Minna, Nigeria to determine the social characteristics and seroprevalence of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). The mean age of the respondents was 25years. Thirty two (12.3%) of the 261 blood samples tested positive for HBV. Of the the +ve cases, 13.6% were in the second trimester of their pregnancy and 60% within the age brackets of 21-30 years. Illiterate women constituted 15.9% of those sampled while civil servants were 13.6%. Testing for HBsAg is recommended for all pregnant women at first prenatal visit so that positive mothers receive prompt intervention.