Influence of Radio Messages on Malaria Prevention Behaviour among Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers in Ebonyi State, Nigeria (Published)
This study investigated influence of radio messages on malaria prevention behaviour among pregnant women and nursing mothers in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted. Agenda Setting was the theoretical framework. Questionnaire served as instrument for data collection. Data generated were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The issues of exposure, acceptance and adoption/behavioral change which formed the basis of the hypothesis were tested using chi-square. Result shows radio as an effective medium of disseminating maternal health messages. The study calls on the ministry of health to partner with both local and international health agencies in anti-malaria policy formulation and implementations towards ameliorating malaria fatalities among pregnant women and nursing mothers, particularly, among rural pregnant mothers. Again, distribution of free mosquito-treated nets to pregnant women and nursing mothers should be regular, particularly among the poor rural dwellers as this would go a long way in curtailing the menace of malaria among this vulnerable age-group. The study further calls for a reinvigorated effort at promoting maternal health messages, particularly on malaria prevention using a multi-media approach for wider reach and access.
Nweze Samuel, Kenneth Adibe Nwafor, Nwafor, Ezinne Comfort , Nnamani Nkechi Abigail, Nworie Happiness, Inah Libra Chinedu (2020), Influence of Radio Messages on Malaria Prevention Behaviour among Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers in Ebonyi State, Nigeria, International Journal of Nursing, Midwife and Health Related Cases, Vol.6, No.2, pp.73-83,