Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Urinary Tract Infections and Its Prevention Among Mothers Attending Antenatal Sessions at Chipokota Mayamba Clinic in Ndola Zambia
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 8, Issue 3, May 2020, Pages: 53-59
Received: Oct. 27, 2018; Accepted: Jul. 13, 2019; Published: Jun. 4, 2020
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Gondwe Hazwell, Department of Public Health Unit, Copperbelt University Michael Chilufya Sata School of Medicine, Ndola, Zambia
Alfred Matafwali Sichilima, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia
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Abstract
Most of them were from low social economic status, owing to the lack of education and awareness of UTI, they tended to neglect minor symptoms and ultimately faced complications like premature births, low birth weight and increased perinatal mortality. Objectives: was to assess level of knowledge and attitude regarding Urinary Tract Infections and its prevention among mothers attending antenatal sessions. The study was conducted on 120 mothers attending antenatal sessions at the clinic by purposive sampling technique. The structured questionnaire was used to collect data. Results: The study revealed that 21 (17.6%) antenatal mothers had good knowledge, whilst 74 (62.2%) and 24 (20.2%) had average and poor knowledge respectively (Mean score = 3.16 points, SD = 2.74). Health center/clinic was cited as the main source of information regarding UTIs by 30.4% of the antenatal mothers. Regarding attitude, 13 (10.9%) had positive attitude, 59 (49.6%) had neutral attitude and 47 (39.5%) shown negative attitude (Mean score = 5.67 points, SD = 2.49). On the whole, respondents did recognize the threat posed by UTIs as most (70.6%) agreed with the statement: “I think that UTIs are serious and life-threatening infection during pregnancy.” There was a statistically significant association between educational level, socioeconomic status and knowledge regarding UTIs and its prevention (P= 0.001 & P=0.011), as well as between knowledge and attitude (P=0.006). This study concluded that knowledge enhancement program related to UTIs among mothers attending antenatal sessions in health centers/clinics or hospitals may change their level of knowledge and attitude.
Keywords
Knowledge, Attitude, Urinary Tract Infection, Prevention
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Gondwe Hazwell, Alfred Matafwali Sichilima, Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Urinary Tract Infections and Its Prevention Among Mothers Attending Antenatal Sessions at Chipokota Mayamba Clinic in Ndola Zambia, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 8, No. 3, 2020, pp. 53-59. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20200803.13
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