Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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

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


CN Unachukwu, DI Agomuoh, DD Alasia 
 Department of Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

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

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.


How to cite this article:
Unachukwu C N, Agomuoh D I, Alasia D D. Pattern of non-communicable diseases among medical admissions in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.Niger J Clin Pract 2008;11:14-17


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Unachukwu C N, Agomuoh D I, Alasia D D. Pattern of non-communicable diseases among medical admissions in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2008 [cited 2022 May 24 ];11:14-17
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