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Knowledge and practice of mothers on child survival strategies in Odeda Local Government Area, Ogun State, Nigeria

Abstract

Sobo A Abimbola, Oladoyinbo C Adebukola and Akintola O Samuel

The knowledge and practice of mothers on child survival strategies affects the survival of a child. This study is aimed at assessing the Knowledge and Practices (KaP) of child survival strategies among mothers in Odeda Local Government Area, Ogun State (OLGA). Two-hundred mothers and their under three year’s children were selected for the study. A structured questionnaire was used to obtain information on the bio-data and socio-economic characteristics of the mothers. Anthropometric measurements were taken using standard equipment. KaP of mother on child survival strategies was assessed. Data was analysed using SPSS version 20. More than half (53%) of the children were male while 47% were female. About 12% of the mothers had no formal education. More than two-third (73%) of the mothers earn less than â?¦30,000 per month. About 26% of the mothers had adequate knowledge on child survival strategies while about 10% had poor knowledge. About17.6% of the mothers practice child survival strategies adequately while about 55% had poor practices. Only 10.5% of the mothers know and use Zinc tablet in the management of diarrhoea. There is a significant relationship between the knowledge and practice of child survival strategies among the mothers. Educational level of the mothers significantly affects the practice of child survival strategies (p=0.001). It can be concluded from this study that the knowledge and practice of the mothers on the use of Zinc tablet, exclusive breastfeeding, GMP and vaccination was poor.

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