Christabel C. Enweronu-Laryea

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The annual toll of losses resulting from poor pregnancy outcomes include half a million maternal deaths, more than three million stillbirths, of whom at least one million die during labour and 3.8 million neonatal deaths--up to half on the first day of life. Neonatal deaths account for an increasing proportion of child deaths (now 41%) and must be reduced(More)
Each year 3.6 million infants are estimated to die in the first 4 weeks of life (neonatal period)--but the majority continue to die at home, uncounted. This article reviews progress for newborn health globally, with a focus on the countries in which most deaths occur--what data do we have to guide accelerated efforts? All regions are advancing, but the(More)
Severe rotavirus diarrhea in children <5 years of age is a major public health problem; however, limited regional and country specific data on rotavirus disease burden are available from sub-Saharan Africa. In June 2006, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa initiated rotavirus surveillance in selected African countries. With use of(More)
Objective:Evaluate the impact of improved neonatal intensive care facilities on survival and referral patterns at a teaching hospital in Ghana.Study Design:Retrospective cohort comparing birth weight-specific survival and referral pattern of newborns requiring intensive care before and after improvement of facilities.Result:Improved survival of newborns(More)
BACKGROUND Almost all diarrhea deaths in young children occur in developing countries. Immunization against rotavirus, the leading cause of childhood severe dehydrating acute diarrhea may reduce the burden of severe diarrhea in developing countries. Ghana introduced rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccination in the national expanded program on immunization in(More)
BACKGROUND Most neonatal deaths in developing countries are caused by infections, birth asphyxia and prematurity. Even though most of these deaths occur at home, newborns admitted to hospital neonatal units have a high risk of contracting fatal multi-drug resistant infections. OBJECTIVE To compare the type of bacteria and the pattern of antimicrobial(More)
BACKGROUND Ghana was among the first African nations to introduce monovalent rotavirus vaccine (RV1) into its childhood immunization schedule in April 2012. We aimed to assess the impact of vaccine introduction on rotavirus and acute gastroenteritis (AGE) hospitalizations and to estimate vaccine effectiveness (VE). METHODS Using data from 2 teaching(More)
Congenital malaria is defined as malaria parasitaemia in the first week of life. The reported prevalence of congenital malaria in sub-Saharan Africa is variable (0 - 46%). Even though the clinical significance of congenital malaria parasitaemia is uncertain, anti-malarial drugs are empirically prescribed for sick newborns by frontline health care workers.(More)
SUMMARY OBJECTIVE To determine the singleton preterm birth rate, the relative proportions of the clinical categories of preterm births and to compare the outcomes in these categories. SETTING Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. PARTICIPANTS Preterm births from 1(st) July to 31(st) December 2003. RESULTS Out of a total(More)
BACKGROUND Antibiotics are frequently used among people with sickle cell anemia (homozygous SS or HbSS disease), especially for prophylaxis. However, the relationship between antibiotic resistance and people with HbSS disease has not been adequately studied, especially in the developing world. The objectives of the study were (1) to compare antibiotic(More)