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Title: Regular Antenatal Attendance and Education Influence the Uptake of Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy: A Cross-Sectional Study at the University Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana
Authors: Addai-Mensah, Otchere
Annani-Akollor, Max Efui
Fondjo, Linda Ahenkorah
Sarbeng, Kwadwo
Anto, Enoch Odame
et. al
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Hindawi
Citation: Hindawi Journal of Tropical Medicine Volume 2018, Article ID 5019215, 8 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5019215
Abstract: Background. Te World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of Insecticide Treated Bed-Nets and Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) with Sulphadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP) as interventions in curbing malaria during pregnancy. However, increasing evidence shows a gap in coverage where not all pregnant women receive the recommended SP dose. Tis study evaluated the factors infuencing uptake of IPTp-SP among pregnant women in Kumasi, Ghana. Methodology. Tis cross-sectional study was conducted among 280 pregnant women attending the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Validated structured questionnaires were administered to obtain sociodemographic, medical/reproductive information, and IPTp-SP uptake among participants. Statistical analyses were performed using IBM SPSS 25.0 statistics. Results. Te mean age of respondents was 29.7±4.9 years. Of the 280 women interviewed, 74.6% attended the antenatal care (ANC) clinic at least four times with only 31.8% completing the recommended doses. Tertiary education [aOR=3.15, 95% CI (0.94 -10.97), and p=0.042] and ≥ 4 ANC visits [aOR=24.6, 95% CI (5.87-103.07), p<0.0001] had statistically signifcant higher odds of completing the recommended IPTp-SP dose. However, participants employed by the formal sector [aOR=0.28, 95% CI (0.09 - 0.79), p=0.016] and participants with more than four children [aOR=0.14, 95% CI (0.03 - 0.63), and p=0.011] had statistically signifcant lower odds of completing the recommended IPT dose. Conclusion. ANC attendance is critical in IPTp uptake. Te results emphasize the need for the Health Policy Makers in Kumasi to encourage pregnant women, especially women working in the formal sector and women having more than four children to patronize ANC attendance to ensure high coverage of the recommended IPTp dose.
Description: An article published by Hindawi and available at https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5019215
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12300
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