Schistosomiasis in Ibadan, Western Nigeria
The part that schistosomiasis plays in morbidity and mortality rates in West Africa is controversial and has still to be finally assessed. Cowper  has recently reviewed the literature on schistosomiasis in Nigeria and considered that Ibadan, the capital city of Western Nigeria with a population of approximately 500,000 was the center of a holoendemic area. The Department of Pathology in the University College Hospital, Ibadan examines 4–5,000 surgical biopsies annually and over 1,000 necropsies are performed — a hospital rate of over 80%. In addition, a three year cancer rate survey in Ibadan has just been completed . It was considered, therefore, that an examination of this material would be of value in assessing the importance of schistosomiasis as a cause of moribidity and mortality in the community.
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