Published:  May 30, 2017DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2017.70524
Background: Malaria has become a serious health problem to developing countries leading to death of pregnant women. Regular evaluation of attitudes towards malaria disease and understanding of malaria-related practices are essential for prevention and control of the disease in endemic areas such as Nigeria.
Objective: This study was aimed at investigating the attitudes and self-practices of pregnant women towards malaria prevention and control.
Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study using 404 pregnant women receiving antenatal care from 10 hospitals in Nsukka, Nigeria. We used a 14-item scale to assess their attitude and 10 point scale for self- practices towards malaria prevention and control.
Results: Our results showed that 81.4 % of the pregnant women had either secondary or tertiary education and 97 % of them were married. About 51% and 49% of pregnant women had negative and positive attitude towards malaria prevention and control respectively. Pregnant women with low self-practice account for 59% while 41% of them had high self-practice in malaria prevention and control.
Conclusion: Pregnant women in Nsukka had negative attitude and a corresponding low self-practice towards malaria prevention and control. Training on good malaria prevention practices is necessary for the pregnant women.
Adibe MO, Ayogu EE, Igboeli NU, Isah AM. Attitudes and SelfPractices of Pregnant Women towards Malaria Prevention and Control in Nigeria. J App Pharm Sci, 2017; 7 (05): 136-141.
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