Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on Reproductive Health Among Ambo University Students in Ambo, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia, 2013/14
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 222-228
Received: Feb. 10, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 21, 2015; Published: Mar. 4, 2015
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Mitsiwat Abebe Gebremichael, Department of Nursing, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia
Eshetu Ejeta Chaka, Department of Nursing, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia
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Introduction: Adolescent’s sexuality and Reproductive Health are generally not well addressed to protect them from unwanted pregnancies, complications of unsafe abortions and sexual transmitted infection including human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS. Although the numbers of young people who need information and services are enormous, services are scarce, fragmented and nonexistent. Objective: To assess the level of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice towards reproductive health among students of Ambo university. Methods: Institutional based descriptive cross-sectional study design supplemented by qualitative in-depth interview was conducted among Ambo University students, Ambo, western Ethiopia from December to January 2013/14. Multistage sampling technique was implemented and sample size taken was 605. Data were collected using structured and pretested questionnaires and entered into EPI Info 3.5.1 then exported to SPSS Version 16 for analysis. Result: Respondent were mentioned different methods to prevent reproductive health problem, and from these 111(18.5%) mentioned condom, 44 (7.9%) Abstain as the method of choice while 322(53.7%) mentioned that they didn't know prevention methods. From the total students participated in the study 487(81.2%) have shown interest to use reproductive health service in the future and 350(84.7%) of the respondents wanted the establishment of reproductive health services within the university campus. 108(42%) of the respondents were started sex before the age of 18 years and only 6(2.4%) of the students were start sex after 24 years. 179(73.5%) of the students were not using contraceptive during the survey period Conclusion: the study showed that most the respondent didn't know reproductive health components, problems and as well didn't mention prevention methods. A great number of students were not used reproductive health services during the survey period; but there will be high demand to utilize reproductive health services. Recommendation: Since there was high demand on reproductive health services; Policy Makers(Program planners) should establish friendly reproductive health services within the university to increase coverage and prevent the students from reproductive health related problems and complications.
Keywords
Reproductive Health, Knowledge, Attitude and Practice
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Mitsiwat Abebe Gebremichael, Eshetu Ejeta Chaka, Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on Reproductive Health Among Ambo University Students in Ambo, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia, 2013/14, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 222-228. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20150302.20
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