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International Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE & Health, ISSN: 2278-1005,Vol.: 31, Issue.: 4

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Knowledge and Attitude of Nigerian Health Workers Concerning Kangaroo Mother Care

 

Boma A. N. Okoh1* and Uchenna C. Onubogu2

1Department of Paediatrics, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

2Department of Paediatrics, Braithwait Memorial Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Article Information

Editor(s):

(1) Jorge Paredes Vieyra, Universidad Autonoma De Baja California, Campus Tijuana, Mexico.

Reviewers:

(1) Rina Pratiwi, Diponegoro University, Indonesia.

(2) Alexandrina Cardoso, Escola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto, Portugal.

(3) Luis Jiménez Troncoso, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Peru.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/25826

Abstracts

Background: Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is a low-cost intervention in the care of neonates with numerous advantages that reduce mortality. Knowledge and attitude of health workers towards KMC influences practice.

Objectives: To determine the knowledge of Nigerian health workers and their attitudes towards the practice of KMC

Methods: A cross-sectional study of 157 health workers at a scientific conference. Questionnaires were used to collect information on personal and health facility information, aspects on knowledge and attitudes towards KMC. Data was analyzed using EPI INFO version 7.

Results: There were 157 respondents from different health facilities from all over the Country. The number of respondents with a good level of knowledge [142(90.4%)] surpassed those with a good level of attitude [136(86.6%)]. The level of knowledge of KMC was significantly higher among doctors (p=0.017), paediatricians (p=0.033) and respondents that worked in facilities that care for sick neonates (p=0.024). The attitude level towards KMC was significantly higher among respondents that worked in facilities that care for sick neonates (p=0.047) and those that worked in facilities with functional incubators (p=0.040).

Conclusion: There was generally good knowledge and attitudes towards KMC. There is a need for further research on the reasons for knowledge-attitude gap regarding KMC.

Keywords :

Kangaroo mother care; knowledge; attitude; health workers; Nigeria.

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DOI : 10.9734/IJTDH/2018/42974

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