Nigeria contributes the highest morbidity
and mortality rate to the global burden of malaria. it a known fact that malaria
is one of the major public health issues in developing countries in which about
3.4 billion people are at risk of the disease globally. Pregnant women and children
are classified to be the most vulnerable group that is mostly affected in the population.
Methodology: a descriptive
cross-sectional study was conducted among pregnant women attending ante-natal clinic
in a tertiary health institution, using a semi structured questionnaire Scores were
used to grade respondent knowledge of malaria infection and preventive seeking behaviour.
Data was presented using descriptive statistics and Inferential statistics was used
for the association between various variable and preventive seeking behaviour of
respondent towards malaria.
Result: The result shows that of 204
respondent interviewed the mean age was 27.6+6.2 years, 93% has good awareness about
malaria infection, and a good proportion of the respondent i.e. 60.4% has good preventive
seeking behaviour and all socio demographic characteristics are statistically associated
with preventive seeking behaviour (p<0.05) except age which is (p>0.05).
Conclusion: This study indicates that
socio demographic variable except age affect preventive seeking behaviour towards
malaria among pregnant women, preventive seeking behaviour such as drinking traditional
concoction should be discouraged so as not to affect the development of the foetus
and more awareness campaign on the use of insecticide treated net should be carried
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