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A retrospective analysis of the discharge records of 186,131 inpatients admitted to six Ugandan hospitals during 1992-1998 was performed to describe the disease patterns and trends among the population of Northern Uganda. In all hospitals, malaria was the leading cause of admission and the frequency of admissions for malaria showed the greatest increase.(More)
Traditional medical practices persist today in Northern Uganda; for example, the operations of ebino and tea-tea are frequently performed in childhood. Ebino, or "false teeth", refers to gingival swellings during the eruption of the primary canine teeth in infants, and consists of the extraction of deciduous canine tooth buds. Tea-tea consists of systematic(More)
The population of Gulu District (northern Uganda) has been severely incapacitated by war, epidemics and social disruption. This study is aimed at describing disease patterns and trends in this area through a retrospective analysis of discharge records for 155205 in-patients of Lacor Hospital in the period 1992-2002. The burden of infectious diseases in(More)
Eight community trials were carried out by the Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa to determine the safety of the new microfilaricide ivermectin during large-scale treatment of onchocerciasis. The trial areas were located in eight different countries and varied greatly in endemicity level; a total of 50,929 persons were treated and monitored for(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the disease-specific HIV prevalence in a northern Ugandan hospital and to evaluate the impact of HIV/AIDS on hospital services. DESIGN HIV serosurvey and analysis of routinely compiled hospital records. METHODS The serosurvey was conducted among all 352 patients admitted to the medical ward of the Lacor Hospital in March 1999 (this(More)
In northern Uganda, unerupted primary canine teeth are commonly extracted because they are believed to cause diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever. This practice, known as ebino, is performed under very crude conditions often using unclean tools. To evaluate the morbidity and mortality of complications related to ebino, we retrospectively analysed discharge(More)
To evaluate the impact of infectious diseases on hospital services in Northern Uganda, a retrospective analysis of discharge records concerning 70,304 inpatients admitted to the Lacor Hospital (Gulu, Uganda) during the period 1992-1997 was performed. Children less than five years old represented 46.5% of the admissions, and the burden of infectious diseases(More)
Skin disease is among the most frequent causes of morbidity in Ethiopia, showing high prevalence in the general population and being the sixth most frequent cause of outpatient visits nationwide to health facilities. This study was aimed at describing skin disease patterns in Tigray region, northern Ethiopia through a retrospective analysis of 30618(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate HIV-1 prevalence among women attending an antenatal clinic in the Gulu District (North Uganda) and, based on these data, among the district's female population. METHODS Anonymous HIV-1 screening was performed for 8555 antenatal clinic attendees aged 15-39 years in the period 1993-1997. The results were used to estimate the(More)