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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 2, No. 3, 2005, pp. 269-273
Bioline Code: tc05030
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2005, pp. 269-273

 en Short communication- A STUDY OF THE EFFECT OF PUMPKIN (UGU- TELFAIRA OCCIDENTALS check for this species in other resources ) MILK AND RAW EGG MIXTURE IN THE TREATMENT OF ANAEMIC PREGNANT WOMEN IN A RURAL AREA.
Mathew Folaranmi Olaniyan and Adewumi Adeleke

Abstract

Thirty anaemic pregnant women aged 29.5± 6.5 years with baseline mean packed cell volume (PCV) of 20.8 ± 2.0% were studied. Freshly prepared Ugu (pumpkin- Telfaira occidentalis check for this species in other resources ) mixture containing ugu (pumpkin) fluid, raw content of egg and peak evaporated unsweetened milk was administered orally to each of the pregnant women three times in a day for seven days. Packed cell volume was carried out by capillary tube method. There was an observed significantly mean value of PCV (29.5 ± 2.2% ) a day following the administration of the mixture ( P < 0.05). The use of the mixture in the treatment of anaemia would reduce exposure to the risk of HIV/AIDS and Hepatities B infections that could occur with blood transfusion.

 
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