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ATTITUDE AND UPTAKE OF CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING AMONG FEMALE HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN OGBOMOSO, OYO STATE

This study assessed the attitude and utilization of cervical cancer screening services among the various cadres of female health care workers in Ogbomoso, Oyo State. The study adopted a cross sectional, descriptive survey and the study population were female healthcare workers working in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital (LTH), Ogbomoso with an estimated population of 361. The Leslie Fischer’s formula for population less than 10,000 was used to estimate the sample for the study. Stratified random sampling technique was adopted to divide people to different strata. The number allocated to each group was then selected using simple random sampling technique (balloting method) to select 170 respondents. A semi-structured questionnaire was used as the survey instrument. The questionnaire included the sociodemographic characteristics, knowledge about Cervical Cancer , attitude towards Cervical Cancer and CC screening and the uptake of Cervical cancer screening services by the healthcare workers. Reliability was established using Cronbach alpha which yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.84. The analysis of data collected was based on the use of simple descriptive statistical analysis of frequency counts and percentages. The result of this study recorded that the knowledge of respondents on cervical cancer and cervical screening was good but the uptake of cervical cancer screening was poor. The result in this study further showed that the attitude of female health workers towards the uptake of CCS is negative and the factors associated with cervical cancer screening include the respondent believe about the screening, having no time to go for it does not know where to do the screening and feeling that is not important.. The result of the hypothesis tested showed that there is no significant relationship between respondent`s attitude towards screening and utilization of cervical screening. It is therefore recommended that Cervical cancer screening should be made compulsory for all female health workers, as this will motivate them to screen others and / or advise them accordingly.

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