KNOWLEDGE OF OBSTETRIC DANGER SIGNS AMONGST WOMEN OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE IN PATHS2 ZARIA CLUSTER, KADUNA NIGERIA

SHOBO OLUKOLADE GEORGE, IBRAHIM OZOVEHE YISA, GAFAR ALAWODE

Available online Jul 18, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 23, Issue 1, 2014, Pages 26-32


Abstract

Background: The Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS2) in Nigeria is implementing
selected Behavior Change Communication (BCC) models to increase the knowledge of obstetric
danger signs amongst women of reproductive age in Kaduna, Nigeria.
The objective of this survey was to establish baseline proportions for knowledge of at least four danger
signs of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period respectively amongst women age 15 - 49, residing
within 25 selected communities in Zaria.
Method: A cross-sectional survey was carried out amongst the eligible women within the
communities. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used for interview.
Results: 617 (94.5% response) eligible women participated in the study. Only 113 (18.31%) knew at
least four danger signs during pregnancy. 61 (9.89%) knew at least four danger signs that can occur
during labor and delivery and only 57 (9.24%) knew at least four danger signs that can occur during the
postpartum period.
Conclusion: A high proportion of the respondents are unaware of obstetric danger signs. It is
recommended that radio broadcast be used as part of efforts towards increasing the proportion of
women with knowledge of four or more obstetric danger signs in the study population.


Keywords

Danger Signs, obstetric, pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum,

January - March 2014

Volume 23 | Issue 1

Page Nos. 26-32

Online since Jul 13, 2018

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