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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144-148

ITN utilization among pregnant women attending ANC in Etsako west LGA, Edo state, Nigeria

1 Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
2 Primary Health Care Department, Etsako West LGA, Edo State, Nigeria

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V A Wagbatsoma
Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City
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Objective: To determine the factors affecting utilization of ITN by pregnant women in Etsako West LGA, Edo State. Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study design was employed. Using a systematic sampling method, a total of 385 respondents were selected from all ANC facilities in the LGA following a verbally obtained consent. Tool for data collection was a semi-structured, researcher administered questionnaire. Result: The respondents' knowledge of cause of malaria was good, as 269 (69%) had good knowledge but only 9 (2.3%) knew its effects on the foetus. Meanwhile, ownership of ITN and its use were very low, 36(9.3%) and 31 (8.0) respectively. The main factor affecting the use of the commodity in the LGA was unavailability of ITNs. Other factors included belief of the women on the effectiveness of the commodity, level of education, marital status and family sizes of respondents. Conclusion: Use of Insecticide treated bed net has been hampered by unavailability of the commodity. It is therefore recommended that efforts should be made to make the commodity available to reduce morbidity and mortality among this vulnerable group.

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