Effect of Nursing Intervention on Knowledge of Malaria Prevention among Mothers of Under-Five Children in Selected Primary Health Care, Mushin Local Government, Lagos

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.06.01.Art008

Authors : Folami F, Olubiyi, S K, Adebanjo A T


Introduction: Malaria is a major public health problem in Africa. The disease is a significant contributor to the poor health situation in Africa, in which Africa alone is estimated to lose at least US$ 12 billion per year in direct losses e.g. illness, treatment, premature death. Almost 1 out of 5 deaths of children under 5 in Africa is due to malaria. Due to the high figure, there is still the need for continued awareness and renewed commitment for the prevention of malaria especially among the risk group (under-five and pregnant women).

Objective: The study assessed the effect of the nursing intervention on knowledge of malaria prevention among mothers of under five in a selected PHC and also described the level of knowledge of mothers on malaria in a selected PHC in Mushin LGA pre and post-intervention.

Methods: This is a quasi-experimental design. Data collection was done using a structured, self-administered questionnaire to obtain information from the participants. This study was carried out in three phase which involved three phase (pre-intervention, intervention and post-intervention) activities in process of data collection.

Results: The findings of the study showed significant difference between posttest knowledge of malaria prevention and pretest knowledge of malaria prevention among mothers of under-five children.

Conclusion: This study revealed that knowledge of mothers of under-five on malaria and various malaria prevention strategies improved. This study recommended that Mothers of under-five should be regularly exposed to training programs on malaria and malaria prevention.

Keywords: Nursing intervention, Malaria prevention, Under-five children, Prevalence.


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