METHODS EMPLOYED IN THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF MALARIA AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN IN A RIVERINE COMMUNITY IN BAYELSA STATE, NIGERIA

OLAYINKA A ONASOGA, Joel Adeleke Afolayan, Simeon Kayode Olubiyi, Abdur-Rashid Gambari Yusuf, Foluke Eunice Rotimi

Abstract


Background: Malaria remains a major public health problem in Nigeria and is the most common cause of hospital attendance in all age groups of which children and pregnant women are the major risk groups, therefore this study was designed to explore various methods of prevention and treatment of malaria among pregnant women in riverine community in Bayelsa State.

Method: A descriptive survey with a sample size of 120 respondents. Data were collected using questionnaire and SPSS version 20 was used for data analysis.

Results: The finding of the study revealed that majority of the respondents were within 16-25, with a minimum age of 16, maximum age of 45 and a mean of 30. More than half of the respondents agreed that malaria can be transmitted to the fetus and can lead to intrauterine fetal death. Majority uses insecticide treated nets (ITNs); snapper; insecticide spray, window and door net in preventing malaria; while a good number of the respondent claimed to use drug when they have malaria, most of which were prescribed.

Conclusion: Majority of the respondents employed good practices in the prevention and treatment of malaria. However, some of the respondents still use crude methods that are detrimental to health. Therefore, it was recommended that community awareness and enlightenment programmes should be put in place in order to eradicate the crude methods that are harmful; as well as promote the good methods used in the prevention and treatment of malaria


Keywords


Malaria, Practices, Prevention, Treatment, Pregnant Women

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ISSN: 1597-4292

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