Health-Care Seeking Behaviour of Nursing Mothers on Childhood Killer Diseases in Rural Communities of Ondo State, Nigeria
Keywords:Health-Care, Nursing-Mothers, Ondo State, Rural Communities, Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD).
Successive administrations in Nigeria have been battling with the challenges of reducing the rate of infant mortality, by improving medical services to the nursing mothers. While available statistics have showed an appreciable drop of infant mortality in cities and urban centres due to curbing child-killer diseases, the same feat has not been recorded in rural communities. This study therefore assessed health-care seeking behaviour of nursing mothers, especially on selected childhood killer diseases, viz: measles, tetanus, polio and jaundice in rural communities of Ondo State, Nigeria. Communities in Ese-Odo local government were randomly selected, 125 nursing mothers participated in the study with the aid of an interview-based questionnaire. Results of the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) depicted a significant difference on preference for health-care centre (government hospital, spiritual homes and traditional healing homes) on Measles F(3,124)=28.67,P<.05) and Jaundice: F(3,124=8.69,P<.05). Further analysis confirmed that some participants have no government hospital or health centre in their community; as a result, many tended to patronize spiritual homes and traditional healing homes for their baby deliveries and health care. The study therefore concluded that rural dwellers have confidence in traditional health practitioners and spiritual healers. It recommended that government should expand the health-care system in the state to the rural areas, including spiritual and healing homes; and train their practitioners in modern-day health procedures and first aid administration.