UTILIZATION OF SAFE MOTHERHOOD INITIATIVE SERVICES AMONG CHILD BEARING MOTHERS IN ANAMBRA STATE

AUTHOR: ONWURAH AGATHA CHINYERE

DEPARTMENT:HUMAN KINETICS AND HEALTH EDUCATION

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of utilization of safe motherhood initiative services among child bearing mothers in Anambra State. The survey research design was used for the study. The sample size for the study was 1250 child bearing mothers drawn using multi-stage sampling technique from a total population of 932,911 child bearing mothers in Anambra State. The instrument for data collection was a 56-item safe motherhood initiative utilization questionnaire (SMIUQ). The internal consistency of the instrument (SMIUQ) was computed using Cronbach alpha co-efficient with an overall reliability coefficient of .869; however the antenatal care, family planning, obstetric care, postnatal care, post abortion care and STI/HIV/AIDS control subscales had the reliability coefficient of .864, .736, .708, .723, .854 and .861 respectively. Research questions 1-6 were answered using mean and standard deviation. The instrument was administered on a house to house basis to all eligible mothers in the selected areas, while the hypotheses were tested using One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) at 0.05 level of significance. The results showed that the mean score of antenatal care services utilization indicated a high level of utilization, family planning services utilization indicated low level of utilization, while obstetric care services, postnatal care services, post abortion care services and STI/HIV/AIDS control services utilization all indicated a high level utilization of safe motherhood initiative services. The hypothesis that there is no significant difference in the extent of utilisation of safe motherhood initiative services by women of different ages was rejected. Recommendations made included that Federal Ministry of health should organize workshops and seminars on how to educate child bearing mothers on the effective use of safe motherhood initiative services and that the Federal government in collaboration with the State government to organize campaigns on the improvement of maternal health services and family planning services.

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