Tropical Health and Medical Research 2021-02-22T20:49:21+07:00 Leka Lutpiatina Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;">Tropical Health and Medical Research, with registered number ISSN 2684-740X (online) is a scientific journal published by Baiman Bauntung Batuah Center Banjarmasin.&nbsp;Tropical Health and Medical Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research on all aspects of tropical medicine and global health. The journal welcomes clinical, epidemiological and laboratory.&nbsp;</p> <p>Key topics include:&nbsp;&nbsp;Viral, bacterial and parasitic infectious diseases,&nbsp;Vectors,&nbsp;Noncommunicable diseases,&nbsp;Epidemiology and population health,&nbsp;Drug, vaccine and diagnostic tool development,&nbsp;Other health issues related to the tropics</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please read these guidelines carefully. Authors who want to submit their manuscript to the editorial office of Tropical Health and Medical Research should obey the writing guidelines. If the manuscript submitted is not appropriate with the guidelines or written in a different format, it will BE REJECTED by the editors before further reviewed. The editors will only accept the manuscripts which meet the assigned format.</p> Awareness of Pregnant Women for COVID-19 Infection 2021-02-22T20:49:21+07:00 Erhan Okuyan Emre Gunakan SertaƧ Esin <p>Covid outbreak has been getting worse and spread affected all over the world. Pregnant patients are also vulnerable to respiratory diseases. We aimed to evaluate the awareness, emotional status, and behavior of pregnant during the COVID outbreak. This study's main benefit is to analyze the knowledge and understanding of pregnant women about the pandemic and draw attention to the prevention issues that need improvement. This research is a prospective observational study that 199 patients subjected to a questionnaire including 29 questions about patient characteristics, pregnancy information, knowledge about COVID19-infection, behavioral and emotional changes. 130 (65.3) of the patients stated an above-average knowledge level. Television was the most frequent information source (75.4%, n:150) and was the only information source for 90 (45.1%) of the patients.&nbsp;Sixty-nine patients used more than one information source. More than one prevention method uses by 149 (75%) of the patients. Washing hands (n:183, 92.0%) and cleaning the house (n:122, 61.3%) were the most preferred methods. Only 55 (27.6%) of the patients used a mask for prevention. 88(44.2%) of the patients stated that they preferred a shorter hospital stay, and 75 (37.7%) of the patients indicated that they postponed or avoided the pregnancy follow-up visits due to the COVID-19 issue. Pregnant women seem to be aware and stressed of COVID-19, but knowledge of what to do seems insufficient. Patients informed of risks of COVID infection, unplanned hospital admission, and chances of avoiding necessary visits and home birth demands.</p> 2020-11-18T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Tropical Health and Medical Research Morphological Alterations of the Rat Testicles Following Administration of Graded Doses of Leaves of Guava (Psidium guajava Linn.) Aqueous Extract 2021-02-22T20:49:21+07:00 Kom-Abasi Daniel Etim Ubi Essien Isaac Anozeng Oyono Igiri <p>The current study design to assess the dose-response effect of administering an aqueous extract of guava leaves on the microstructure of the testicles due to the growing use of this plant in complementary and alternative medicine practice.&nbsp;Twenty-four male albino Wistar rats with an average body weight of 160 g apportion to four groups (n=6 each). Group, I served as the control and received distilled water; group II gave a lower dose of 500 mg/kg body weight of guava leaf extract; group III received a medium dose of 750 mg/kg; while group IV administer a higher amount of 1000 mg/kg per day. Treatments were given once daily by gavage and lasted for 14 days, while the stock solution prepares by dissolving 50 g of the extract in 30 ml of water. The cervical dislocation method used to euthanize the rats, dissect the abdominopelvic region to obtain tissue specimens from the testes for histological processing.&nbsp;The outcome exhibited the extract to cause moderate to severe (dose-dependent) morphological alterations with the seminiferous tubules' fibrotic appearance, strict spermatogenic arrest, and necrosis of both the interstitial cells of Leydig and the Sertoli cells.&nbsp;The ingestion of guava leaves at the investigated concentration and doses is harmful to the testicle, the primary reproductive organ in males. It should therefore be consumed with caution when being used primarily in folklore-traditional medicine.</p> 2021-01-02T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Tropical Health and Medical Research Utilization of Health Facilities by Pregnant Women at Pekauman Community Health Center, Banjarmasin, Indonesia 2021-02-22T20:49:20+07:00 Vonny Khresna Dewi Rita Kirana Muhammad Mukhtar <p>The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between the use of government health facilities with predisposing factors (preference and self-efficacy) and reinforcing factors (support) in pregnant women. This survey research with a cross-sectional study design was conducted in the Pekauman Community Health Center's working area in Banjarmasin, Indonesia, with 125 respondents who had babies aged ? six months who lived in the Pekauman Community Health Center's working area who visited the integrated service post in August 2017. The analysis was performed using the Chi-Square test. The results of the study 89 respondents (71.2%) made use of antenatal care facilities; 92 respondents (73.6%) chose health facilities; 88 respondents (70, 4%) have high self-efficacy; 78 respondents (62.4%) received support (family, friends, social groups). This research concludes that there is a relationship between the preferences of pregnant women (p= 0.025) with the use of antenatal services in government health facilities; There was no relationship between self-efficacy (p= 0.096); there is no relationship between family support, friends, social groups (p= 0.227) with the use of antenatal care for pregnant women in government health facilities. It is suggested to conduct further research on the relationship between antenatal services for pregnant women in government health facilities with the completeness of health facilities and the level of respondent satisfaction.</p> 2021-02-19T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Tropical Health and Medical Research