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ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS KANGAROO MOTHER CARE AMONG WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING AGE IN BENIN CITY

The gift of a baby to a family is precious, and every woman anticipates seeing her healthy baby. Prematurity is a global health problem which is more in African and Asian countries, and the morbidity and mortality rate of this group is equally high. The use of incubator in caring for preterm is a challenge in developing countries due to various factors. Kangaroo Mother Care a natural, affordable and effective care for preterm is alternative care. Although KMC is practised in the tertiary health Institution in Benin at a low web, it is yet functional in Primary Health Centres. There is a paucity of information on KMC knowledge among women in Benin City. The community based descriptive cross-sectional design was conducted in Uselu Community, Benin City. There are no available statistics for the specific population, and because this study was exploratory, the researchers used a sample of two hundred participants. A self-constructed questionnaire was utilised in data collection, which was tested for content validity and reliability. Multistage sampling techniques were used for the selection of the study area. Randomized sampling was employed in selecting participants who met the criteria for inclusion. Result revealed high Knowledge of KMC among the participants, only 97 participants were aware of KMC, and most of the participants (35) got the information was gotten from the mass media and most of the participants (65) had a positive attitude towards KMC. Nurses role in KMC is essential; therefore, health education of women during antenatal care and the community is essential.

  • Juliana | A. | Afemikhe | ayafegbeh@gmail.com | 08055673091 , Ainabebholo | Vera | Emuanta | @ | +234
  • : Kangaroo Mother Care, Low birth weight babies, Premature neonates, Women of childbearing age
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