KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF PREGNANT WOMEN TOWARDS ANTENATAL SERVICES IN NSUKKA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA
Igbokwe, C. C.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
The purpose of this study was to ascertain the knowledge and attitude of pregnant women towards antenatal services in Nsukka LGA of Enugu State. This study adopted the descriptive survey design. Specifically, five objectives with five corresponding research questions were formulated to guide the study. A multistage sampling technique of balloting without replacement was used to select 259 pregnant women in Nsukka LGA of Enugu State. Data were collected using structured questionnaire and analysis was done using simple percentage and mean responses. Results showed that pregnant women had moderate level of knowledge of concept of antenatal services. Pregnant women from urban area had high level of knowledge of the concept of antenatal services while their counterpart from the rural setting had moderate level of knowledge. Also, it was realized that pregnant women with secondary and tertiary education had positive attitude while those with no formal and primary education had negative attitude to antenatal services, and pregnant women from both urban and rural settings had positive attitude. Based on the findings, the study recommends among other that all health educators and other health professionals should adopt better educational strategies to improve the knowledge and utilization of antenatal services among pregnant women.