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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/300

Issue Date: Jun-2018
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Abstract: This study was set to assess women’s access to maternal healthcare services and maternal mortality in Benue State. The study was informed as a result of the concern for maternal healthcare the world over. Maternal health issues or problems especially pregnancy related are avoidable if preventive measures are taken and adequate and qualitative care is available. The general objective of the study therefore, was to assess the extent of women access to their reproductive healthcare as intermediaries in the reduction of mortality among women in Nigeria particularly in Benue State. Other specific objectives include to: identify the available maternal healthcare services that are provided for the women, to investigate the level of their access to the services, examine the impact of their access to the maternal healthcare services on maternal mortality, ascertain the factors that hinder women from accessing maternal healthcare services and suggest ways of facilitating and sustaining women’s access to maternal healthcare services. Systematic review of literature was carried out, while the study utilized Elite Theory and Health Belief Model for its theoretical framework. However, the study adopted Health Believe Model as the main theoretical framework upon which the study’s arguments were anchored. The study collected its data from 499 respondents drawn from 15 council wards across the study area using semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and other supplementary tools such as documentation. The gathered data was analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The study foundout that women deliver under the services of skilled birth attendants once they are able to go to the healthcare facility. The study also found out that maternal mortality has reduced in the study area. This is as a result of the establishment of primary healthcare which is the country’s bedrock of healthcare. Findings also indicated that Nigerian government had recruited Mid-wives and Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) to boast healthcare service provision in the country. The study found that despite efforts made, women are still faced with challenges of negative socio-cultural beliefs, poverty, and lack of physical infrastructure among other shortcomings. It therefore, recommended that government should allocate more funds to healthcare projects, more healthcare facilities should be provided alongside healthcare providers, more healthcare interventions should be adopted and government should ensure that their aims and objectives are achieved. There should be improvement on infrastructure, free education should be provided for the girl child in Nigeria, women should be properly informed on the importance of maternal healthcare services among others as ways of effective service delivery for maternal mortality reduction. Health policies towards maternal well-being during pregnancy should be developed in the light of the rural poor infrastructure. There must be a strong political will in the country to help in the process of reducing maternal mortality.
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/300
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