Prevalence of Hepatitis B among the Workers of Sokoban Wood Village in Kumasi, Ghana

9783656841968: Prevalence of Hepatitis B among the Workers of Sokoban Wood Village in Kumasi, Ghana
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Scientific Study from the year 2014 in the subject Medicine - Epidemiology, , language: English, abstract: Hepatitis B is still a threat to many lives in Ghana but data from non-clinical environments can be hardly found especially in Ghana. There was therefore the need for such a data to be made available and this study contributed to solving that problem. Management of the company informed the workers and those who were interested decided to join. There was a samples size of 75 workers obtained after the study. A questionnaire was administered to enable us get information on their age, marital status, history of hepatitis in family, history of blood transfusion, condom usage and history of intravenous drug use. The test was done using a HBsAg test strip from ABON i.e trademark name. The results indicated that there was a general prevalence rate of 21%. Also among those who use condoms, it was 15%. Based on marital statuses 31% of those who were positive were married, 69% were single while none was divorced. The general prevalence rate of 21% is alarming when compared to the national prevalence rate of 10 -15% and preventive measures should be put in place to curb the situation. Those who used condoms were also at risk whiles the single was the most at risk in terms of their marital statuses. Management of the company and other organizations should take it up to vaccinate the workers who were negative and also in treating those who were positive.

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