International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part A (2022)
Haemoglobin profile of women in reproductive age group in rural area of Maharashtra
Author(s): Dr. Aastha Pandey and Dr. Ashlesha Dandekar
Abstract:Introduction: Anaemia is a very common but hidden health problem in Indian women affecting 48.8% in reproductive age group. Iron Deficiency is main cause though other factors may exacerbate it. Anaemia has long term consequences like increased maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. This study tries to assess haemoglobin profile in villages of Maval taluka and adopt intervention measures accordingly.
Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out in villages of Maval taluka. Health camps were organised by UHTC and an NGO Disha in selected villages and all women who attended camps were included in study. A pretested structured questionnaire was used for study. Data thus collected was analysed using appropriate statistical methods.
Results and Discussion: Out of 495 women who attended the camp, 480 consented for Haemoglobin estimation. 347 belonged to age group of 15-45 and 133 were above age of 45. 153 women had a purely vegetarian diet and 327 consumed mixed diet. 170 women out of 480 suffered from moderate to severe Anaemia. 293 women suffered from Mild degree of Anaemia. Anaemia was seen more in reproductive age group. No relation was seen between type of diet and Anaemia.
Conclusion: Inspite of several efforts undertaken by public and private organisations, to combat Iron Deficiency Anemia, it remains a Public Health problem. There is need to develop more intensive and sustainable strategies to combat Anaemia at all levels.
Dr. Aastha Pandey, Dr. Ashlesha Dandekar. Haemoglobin profile of women in reproductive age group in rural area of Maharashtra. Int J Adv Community Med 2022;5(2):38-40. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2022.v5.i2a.238