The use and misuse of
drugs in Sub Saharan region are of public health concern. Exposures to un-prescribed drugs and traditional medications are frequent
and create a great danger in pregnant women. The use of herbal medicines has been
on the increase in many developing and industrialized countries. The study examined
the use of traditional medications and un-prescribed orthodox medicines for gestational
mothers. A descriptive cross-sectional design & inferential statistic were employed
for the study and a total sample of one hundred and ninety-six was used. A standardized
data collection form was employed based on the World Health Organization criteria
and the obtained data were analyzed using SPSS Version 22.The result showed that
most of the respondents were between the age of 22- 27 years with the mean age of
24 years and majority of the respondents (63.3%) used both un-prescribed drugs and
traditional medicines during pregnancy, while 27.0% used only un-prescribed drugs
and 9.7% use only traditional medications. More so, the results revealed that pain
killers’ drug were the leading cause for misused. Also, the results demonstrated
a significant relationship between respondent’s awareness of harm associated with
use of un-prescribed medications and educational status, (P < 0.01). The study
concluded a wide spread use of un-prescribed drugs and traditional medications among
pregnant women and therefore, recommend the need for health education and massive
campaign with community involvement against the wrong practices by both the healthcare
practioners and the government.
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