African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 10, No. 2, 2010, pp. 117-119
Bioline Code: hs10023
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2010, pp. 117-119
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Awareness and use of insecticide-treated bed nets among children attending outpatient clinic at UNTH, Enugu - the need for an effective mobilization process|
Edelu, B.O.; Ikefuna, A.N.; Emodi, J.I. & Adimora, G.N.
Background: The promotion of insecticide-treated net (ITN) can be a key approach towards the reduction of morbidity and mortality from malaria.
Objective: To determine the proportion of mothers using insecticide treated nets for their children and reasons for nonuse.
Study design: Prospective hospital-based study.
Method: Consecutive mothers attending the children′s out patient clinic of UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, whose children presented with fever without localizing focus were interviewed with the aid of an open-ended structured questionnaire.
Results: Awareness of ITN was found in 184 (80%) of the 230 mothers interviewed, while only 48 (26.1%) use it for their children. There was statistically significant difference in terms of ITN awareness between the highly educated mothers and those with lower educational qualification (p=0.000) but, in terms of ITN usage, there was no significant difference between the two groups (p=0.40). Socio economic class did not influence the use of ITN (p=0.153). A greater number; 56 (41.2%) have no reason for non-use. Reasons for nonuse include use of windows and door nets 22 (16.2%) and not convenient to spread 18 (13.2%).
Conclusion: There was a high awareness of ITN, which did not influence usage.