Knowledge and Practice of Healthy Cord Care Among Mothers In Angwanrukuba
82 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2019
Date Written: May 28, 2019
Standard Cord care as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an important community based intervention to reduce morbidity and mortality in newborns. Cord care refers to the series of steps applied in handling of the umbilical cord after delivery of the new born. Globally, an estimated 4 million deaths occur annually within the first four weeks of life and 1.5 millions of these deaths are attributable to infections. In Nigeria, studies have reported umbilical cord infections accounting for between 10 and 19% of neonatal admissions and resultant estimated 30–49% neonatal deaths. Hence, this study was conducted to assess the knowledge and practice of cord care within a contemporary setting, among Angwan Rukuba, Jos plateau state.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional study carried out amongst market women in Angwan Rukuba. Data were collected using a semi - structured questionnaire. Information obtained included biodata, last child birth, monthly income, place of antenatal care and delivery, and cord care practices. Data was analysed using Epi info.
Results: One hundred and fifty mothers participated in the study. About 95% (142 respondents) received antenatal care in recognized hospitals, while 20% (30 respondents) were attended to by traditional birth attendants (TBA) and had home deliveries. Mothers' level of education was significantly associated with place of antenatal care and place of delivery (p= 0.0001). 124 (82.7%) used Methylated spirit to clean the cord but 73 (48.7%) applied potentially dangerous substances after cleaning with Methylated spirit.116 (77%) had good practice of standard cord care.
Conclusion: Although most mothers had antenatal care in Government hospitals, there was a high rate of use of potentially dangerous substances for cord care. There is need for continued education of mothers on correct cord care practices. This study has brought to light the level of cord care practices with health facility delivery and knowledge of cord care as its determinants.
Keywords: HEALTHY CORD CARE
JEL Classification: I
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