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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-17

Pattern of non-communicable diseases among medical admissions in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Department of Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

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C N Unachukwu
Department of Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the pattern of non-communicable diseases in the medical wards of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), over four consecutive years (June 2000 to June 2004). METHODS: The study was retrospective and data were obtained from the medical registers in the medical wards and the records department of the UPTH. Medical admissions due to non-communicable diseases were carefully selected and analyzed. RESULTS: There were 1853 cases of various non-communicable diseases out of a total medical admission of 3294 constituting 56.2% of total medical admissions. Diseases of the cardiovascular, endocrine and renal systems were the most prevalent constituting 35.7%, 18.5% and 16.8% respectively. Hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and chronic renal failure were the most common cardiovascular, endocrine and renal disorders respectively CONCLUSION: Non-communicable diseases are a major cause of morbidity in Port Harcourt. There is need for adequate health education and lifestyle modification to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in Nigeria.

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