Research Article | Volume: 7, Issue: 5, May, 2017

Attitudes and Self-Practices of Pregnant Women towards Malaria Prevention and Control in Nigeria

Maxwell Ogochukwu Adibe Ebere Emilia Ayogu Nneka Uchenna Igboeli AbdulMuminu Isah   

Open Access   

Published:  May 30, 2017

DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2017.70524
Abstract

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.


Keyword:     Attitudes Self-practices pregnant women Malaria.


Citation:

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.

Copyright:The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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