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Oct 11, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Users’ Views on the Online Appointment System and Services Rendered at the Health Centre of the University of Technology, Jamaica

Cynthia Onyefulu, Marlene Pottinger Gyles, Leslie Meade
The online appointment system at the university health centre was intro-duced by the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica management in 2014. The purpose of this study was to determine the users’ views of the online appointment system, as well as their views about the services offered at the university health centre. To achieve this purpose, a descriptive research design was used to answer three research questions. The con-ve
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Sep 28, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Evaluating Factors Associated with the Use of Aphrodisiacs among Adult Male Residents in Ashaiman Municipality, Ghana

Stephen Manortey, Portia Afi Mensah, Gideon Kwarteng Acheampong
Background: There is limited scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of aphrodisiacs and more worrying is the fact that potential adverse health effects could result from the abuse of aphrodisiacs. Despite the safety concerns raised by the FDA on the abuse of unregistered sex enhancing products, the patronage remains high amidst debilitating side effects. We explore the factors influencing the use of aphrodisiacs while assessi
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Aug 27, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Investigating Multiple Devices Used in the Hotel Reservation Process

Chieh-Heng Ko
With the growing ownership of multiple technology devices, and the contribution of mobile travel bookings to the overall travel market, it is critical to investigate the hotel searching and booking process for different device users. This research investigates four categories of device users via a survey with 383 respondents, in the context of search behaviour and information sources used. The results reveal that search engin
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Aug 14, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Vertical Transmission Rate of HIV from Seropositive Mothers Followed in the Different Care Centers in Kinshasa from 2010 to 2015

Divine Chuga, Ben Ilunga Bulanda, Jean Yves Debels Kabasele, Médard Omakoy Okonda, Berry Ikolango Bongenya, Erick Ntambwe Kamangu
Background: In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the use of Prevention of Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection from mother to child is still very low. Objective: The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of infants born from HIV-positive mother in different centers in Kinshasa. Methods: This study is a retrospective cohort of at least 2 years on the records of mother-child couple followed in 8 ce
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Aug 14, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Infection with Hepatitis B and C Virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Public Health Problem

Ben Ilunga Bulanda, Berry Ikolango Bongenya, Jean-Yves Debels Kabasele, Médard Omakoy Okonda, Divine Chuga, Christian Tshisumbu, Elvis Tshunza Kateba, Erick Ntambwe Kamangu
Background: Viral hepatitis represents a major public health burden with more than 375 million people with chronic hepatitis B infection and 130 to 150 million with hepatitis C for 2016. Sub-Saharan Africa has the heaviest burden of the epidemic. Objective: The objective of this review is to present the characteristics of hepatitis B and C infections (HBV and HCV), present the synthesis and estimate its magnitude in the Democratic
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Aug 13, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Adolescent Pregnancy and Delivery in the Rural Areas of DR. Congo: A Cross-Sectional Descriptive Study (2014 to 2016)

Bukasa Héman Kabemba, Yuma Gaston Alimasi, Augustin Mpo Ntambwe, Morega Esaie Kalamba, Failla Fanny Kitenge, Olivier Ejiba Nyongonyi, Huguette Kisimba Monzi
Background: Adolescent pregnancy and childbirth remains a major public health problem that deserves special attention with regard to psychological and medical risks. Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the fre-quency and determinants of the course and evolution of pregnancy and child-birth in rural adolescents. Methods: This is a multicentre, retrospective and de-scriptive cross-sectio
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Jul 13, 2018Open    AccessArticle

The Association between Visceral Fat, Dietary Patterns, and Comorbidities

Louay Labban, Zeina Malek
Visceral fat is technically the excess accumulation of intra-abdominal adipose tissue. This type of fat is stored further underneath the skin than subcutaneous fat and it’s actually wrapped around major organs, including liver, pancreas and kidneys. Studies have shown that visceral fat plays a distinctive and potentially dangerous role affecting hormones function and it is also associated with
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Jun 26, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Epidemiological Aspects of Malaria in Pregnant Women: Prevalence and Risk Factors in Mwene Ditu, DR Congo

Musasa Kasongo Jean-Claude, Mwarabu Much'apa Bienfait, Ilunga Kandolo Simon, Kakoma Sakatolo Zambeze Jean-Baptiste
Introduction: Malaria in pregnancy induces significant risks for the mother and the foetus. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of malaria and the risk factors among pregnant women in the Health District of Mwene Ditu in DR Congo. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study based on household survey was carried out in June 2016 in the Health District of Mwene Ditu. The calculated sampl
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Jun 26, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Assessment of the Value of Health Provider Expectations: An Attempt to Fully Conceptualize Patient Satisfaction

Bennie Berkeley
This paper reports the results of an investigation to assess the value (validity and reliability) of health provider expectations in an attempt to broaden the construct “patient satisfaction”. Data were collected from 25 health providers through a 16-item Likert-type survey. The variable “expectation” was measured by factors such as cleanliness, privacy, healthcare, space on hospital wards and adequacy of food serv
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Jun 26, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Quality Assurance (QA) Tool in Public Health Campaigns: A Look at the 2017 LLIN Replacement Campaign in Nigeria

Jalal-Eddeen Abubakar Saleh, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, Akubue Augustine Uchenna, Abdullahi Saddiq, Rex Mpazanje, Bala Mohammed Audu
Background: Although there are various malaria intervention measures, the long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) are considered as the most cost-effective intervention measure for malaria endemic countries. In line with the Global Technical Strategies, and as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the other available malaria preventive measures to achieve malaria control and elimination in
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