Prevalence of Hepatitis C Infections Among the Outpatient Population of Selected Hospitals Within Kaduna City, Nigeria
World Journal of Public Health
Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2016, Pages: 33-44
Received: Oct. 12, 2016;
Accepted: Oct. 21, 2016;
Published: Dec. 3, 2016
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Waje Timothy, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria
Dadah John Anthony, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria
Muhammad Yusha’u, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
Orukotan Abimbola, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria
Ladan Zakari, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria
Hepatitis C is a serious blood borne infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C Virus. The prolong infection of the liver by this Virus results to liver disease leading to its failure, cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma (Liver cancer). The Hepatitis C Virus is a growing public health problem worldwide infecting an estimate of over 170 million people with majority from Africa and Asia. A total of 300 samples were collected from outpatients in six hospitals within the Kaduna City, Nigeria. Fifty samples were from each hospital. The outpatients’ Blood groups and Rhesus factors were identified using Blood group Anti-sera and their respective serum were screened for presence of HCV antibody using commercially available kits. Analysis of the results revealed a prevalence rate of 5.33% within the metropolis. This was regarded as high based on the global epidemiological HCV severity estimates reported by the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Chi square test for independence between two variables showed statistically significant associations between anti-HCV positivity and Sex/Gender with men more positive for anti- HCV than females (10.52%, P≤0.002), Blood grouping with more positive cases among blood group AB (15.39%, P≤0.03), Occupation, more positive cases observed among the unemployed (15.38%, P≤0.04) and patients with HIV/AIDS (40.00%, P≤0.001). These were identified as key risk factors for the spread of the Virus within the metropolis. The mean age observed for the distribution of the virus (a measure of central tendency) within the City was 32.20 (CI=32.20±2.01) years.
Dadah John Anthony,
Prevalence of Hepatitis C Infections Among the Outpatient Population of Selected Hospitals Within Kaduna City, Nigeria, World Journal of Public Health.
Vol. 1, No. 1,
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