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Pyrex Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

March 2017 Vol. 4 (2), pp. 5-10

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Insecticide Treated Nets: Perception And Practice Among Pregnant Women Accessing Antenatal Services At A Tertiary Hospital In Awka, Nigeria


Ikeako LC1, Azuike EC2*, Njelita IA2, Nwachukwu CC2, Okafor KC3, Nwosu C4, Agbanu CM4 and Ofomata UC4

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University and University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. 2Department of Community Medicine, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University and University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. 3Department of Public Health, Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nassarawa State, Nigeria. 4Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Awka Campus, Anambra State, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: emmanazuike@yahoo.com

Accepted 21st March, 2017



Abstract


Malaria is an endemic disease in Nigeria with its greatest adverse effects on pregnant women and under-five children. Use of insecticide treated net (ITN) is one of the measures for combating malaria. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitude and use of ITNs among pregnant women who attend the antenatal clinic at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Nigeria. The respondents were selected using a systematic sampling technique and a total of 230 pregnant women were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. Information was collected on socio-demographic characteristics, knowledge, attitude and use of ITNs. The results obtained showed that 99.1% were aware of ITN, 80.4% own a net and 49.6% of the respondents slept inside ITN the previous night. The results obtained showed that there was a high rate of awareness about ITNs and its importance, there was good attitude towards ITN but the use was poor. We recommended that further studies be carried out to find out the reasons for poor usage of ITN after which appropriate interventions will be carried out.

Keywords: Insecticide treated nets, perception, practice, antenatal attendees.

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