EPIDEMIOLOGY OF HEPATITIS C VIRUS IN THE PRIVATE BLOOD BANKING SECTOR IN OSOGBO, SOUTHWEST NIGERIA
Prof Muhibi Musa Abidemi and Mabayoje VO 2,3, Abdul-Azeez A A4 , Adejumo BI5 (Published 2018)
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Background: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is an agent of Transfusion Transmissible Infection (TTI) which
serves as a threat to blood safety and sufficiency of blood and blood products supply.
Objectives: This study aimed at determining the distribution patterns of HCV among potential blood donors
in a private Blood Bank in Osogbo, Nigeria.
Materials and Methods: Over a period of 6 months, 290 consenting prospective blood donors were
recruited for this study by convenient sampling technique. Pre-test counseling was done, before blood
specimen collection and laboratory serological analysis was carried out, using third generation Enzyme
Results: The mean age of the respondents was 35.99 ±10.94 years. A total of 6 participants (2.07%) tested
positive for anti-HCV. In this study, HCV prevalence has no association with age and blood type, but it does
with the donor type, where the prevalence is higher among commercial blood donors.
Conclusion: The rates were lower than the previous studies in Nigeria perhaps this is due to the positive
effect of public awareness on transfusion transmissible infections and the fact that majority of the donors
were regular donors. Blood transfusion services should be further strengthened by establishment of blood
transfusion committees at State level, to regulate and monitor the practice, especially in the private sector,
with a view to ensure that stringent criteria are adhered to in blood donors’ selection.
|Item Type:||Journal article(non-copyrighted)|
|Format:||PDF document, 71.27 KB|
|Keywords:||medical laboratory science|
|Department:||Medical Laboratory Science|
|Field of Study:||Medical Laboratory Science|
|Uploaded By:||Uwaifo Ferdinand|
|Date Added:||18 Mar 2019 7:42am|
|Last Modified:||18 Mar 2019|
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