Predictors of Male Involvement in Post-Natal Care Services of their Partners in a Metropolitan City in North-Central Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.08.02.Art004

Authors : Aderibigbe Sunday Adedeji, Akande Oluwatosin Wuraola, Otuyemi OO, Alao ME, Ladapo JE, Adaramola OS, S.K. Olubiyi


Background: Men’s behaviour influences the reproductive health of both men and women as well as the health of their children. Yet, men are often unable to make informed decision because they have not been involved in Maternal health services and education.

Objective: This study assessed male involvement in Post-Natal healthcare services of their partners and its predictors in Ilorin metropolis, Nigeria.

Methods: Multistage sampling technique was used to recruit 350 married adult males whose wives had given birth at least once in the last three years. Descriptive cross-sectional study design was employed. Pretested interview administered semi-structured questionnaires were used for the study. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 21.0 software. A p-value of less than 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.

Results: Two-thirds of the respondents (66.6%) had good knowledge of Post-Natal healthcare while a little more than half of the respondents (56.3%) were graded as having high overall involvement in the Post-Natal healthcare of their wives. The predictors of male involvement in postnatal care include the employment status (p=0.01) and educational status (p=0.028) of respondents.

Conclusion: Male involvement in postnatal care in Ilorin is fair though it could be better. Being unemployed and not being educated are predictors of male involvement in post-natal care services in Ilorin. There should be increased public enlightenment on the vital roles of men in Post-Natal healthcare services to encourage male involvement, effective service utilization and continuation.

Keywords: Male Involvement, Postnatal Care Services, Ilorin.


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