Abdul Jabbar, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Dr. Amjad Azam
Introduction: Anemia is a key public health problem distressing all ages of the population with its highest prevalence among pregnant women. Globally 20 percent of the maternal deaths are caused by anemia. The etiology of anemia during pregnancy in developing countries is multi factorial and varies by geographic region includes dietary deficiencies of iron, folate, vitamin B12 and parasitic infestation like malaria and hookworms, which co-relate to various factors like illiteracy, poverty, lack of awareness, cultural and religious taboos, poor dietary habits. The objective of this study was to determine the associated factors with anemia among pregnant women at Taluka hospital Thano Bula Khan. Objective: For this research study, certain objectives are made including the Assessment of the hemoglobin level for anemia in pregnant women at Taluka hospital Thano Bula Khan, District Jamshoro. Another is including the determine factors predisposing pregnant women to anemia at a Taluka hospital Thano Bula khan. Method: A cross sectional study was conducted at Taluka Hospital Thano Bula Khan. A total 215 pregnant women were interviewed by using pre-structured questionnaire for data collection. Hemoglobin was measured by using hemoglobin analyzer. Anemia in pregnancy was defined as Hb <11g/dl. Result: The overall prevalence of anemia in study population was 90.7 %. Almost 93.3% of the pregnant women were Muslims by Religion, belonged to low income and belonging to joint families. There was significant association of anemia with pregnant women education status, husbands education status, occupation, family’s monthly income, location and with no of abortion. Conclusion: Anemia is a major public health problem among the pregnant women of Taluka Hospital Thano Bula Khan. Awareness regarding this purpose should be generated by improving the educational status of the pregnant women and advice for dietary intake and consumption of iron and folic acid tablets is mandatory to prevent and treat anemia.