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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-34

HIV admissions in medical wards of the university of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

Department of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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B J C. Onwubere
Department of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu
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A five year review of cases in the medical wards of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, between November, 1993 and November, 1998, revealed that 5538 patients aged between 14 years and 95 years were admitted. Four hundred and nine (409) of the admissions were HIV-related, with male preponderance. The icidence of admission of these HIV cases was highest in the age group 31 - 40 years with 36.2%, 35.7% were in the 21-30 age group and 17.4% in the 41-50 age group. There was no recorded HIV-related case in the age groups above 70 years. These data are consistent with findings in other parts of the country. A well structured programme is urgently recommended on the part of the government and non-governmental agencies at combating the scourge of HIV.

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