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Trends in Medical Research
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 273-280
DOI: 10.3923/tmr.2011.273.280
Utilization of Antenatal Care in Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria
U.W. Ibor, O.A. Anjorin, A.E. Ita, M.A. Otu and T.I. Bassey

Abstract:
The study examined the utilization of antenatal care centres in Ibadan, Oyo State. The aim of the study was to evaluate the utilization of antenatal care centers among child-bearing women in Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria. Data for the study were obtained through the administration of two hundred and thirty-one copies of questionnaire to child bearing women. Data obtained was analyzed using tables, simple percentages and multiple regression analysis. Result indicated that 6.3% of the utilization of ANC by childbearing women was explained by age, cultural preference, income, education, religion, marital status and occupation. The strength of contribution of each of these selected factors showed that mother’s education had the greatest contribution (0.227) to the utilization of ANC, followed by cultural preference (0.131), income (0.092), marital status (0.083) and mother’s occupation (0.070). The ANOVA result further revealed that age, culture, income, education, religion, marital status and occupation significantly influenced the utilization of ANC by child-bearing women (F = 2.141, p<0.05). The study therefore, revealed that though the utilization of ANC centres was low but the combination of socioeconomic and demographic variables significantly influenced their utilization by child-bearing women. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that government and other sponsoring agencies should provide antenatal care free or subsidize the charges in order to guarantee easier access to ANC by childbearing women.
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How to cite this article:

U.W. Ibor, O.A. Anjorin, A.E. Ita, M.A. Otu and T.I. Bassey, 2011. Utilization of Antenatal Care in Ibadan North Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria. Trends in Medical Research, 6: 273-280.

DOI: 10.3923/tmr.2011.273.280

URL: http://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=tmr.2011.273.280

 
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