Like the rest of the world, Malaysia still faces risks posed by anemia especially to pregnant women.
According to Nils Milman’s 2015 research “Iron Deficiency and Anemia in Pregnant Women: Still a Significant and Challenging Health Problem,” the rate of anemia in pregnant women in Malaysia is between 42.5 per cent to 47.5 per cent, with a subsequent rate of iron deficiency reported to be the cause of anemia by as high as 50 per cent to 65.3 per cent.
“A large proportion of Malaysian women become aware of their hemoglobin status only when they get pregnant. Looking at the data, the high prevalence of untreated anemia in women of reproductive age is a poor starting position as majority of them will eventually end up becoming pregnant, and that requires favorable iron and hemoglobin status in order to have a good course of pregnancy and birth outcome,” revealed University Technology of Mara (UITM) Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology senior lecturer and clinical specialist Dr Nadzratulaiman Wan Nordin.
“In pregnant women in Malaysia, the compliance to daily vitamin and mineral supplements are only at 49 per cent,” she added.The Health