PATRONAGE OF MATERNAL HEALTHCARE SERVICES AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS IN A RURAL COMMUNITY OF ZAMFARA STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:socio-economic factors, postnatal care, antenatal care, maternal mortality, Maternal health
A significant size of the Nigerian population lives in rural areas and improving health condition of the rural populace especially women and children is paramount to socio-economic development of a nation. This study investigated patronage of maternal healthcare services and associated factors in Yankuzo community, Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, Nigeria. Quantitative and qualitative data were used for the study. Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS) was used for quantitative data analysis, while ATLASti8 software was used for qualitative data. Underpinned by health belief model as the theory, the study discovered that utilisation of maternal healthcare services was very low in the community. Level of education, patriarchy, insecurity, suspension of financial grant, male healthcare providers and inadequate healthcare staff were the associated factors responsible for the situation. To improve utilisation of the services in the community, the study recommends provision of midwives in the facility and use of traditional and religious leaders for enlightenment of the populace.
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