Utilization of maternal and child health care services among child bearing mothers in Imo state, Nigeria
Helen Ebunolwa Adebola, Eluchie Celestina
The study examined the utilization of maternal and child health care services among child bearing mothers in Imo state, Nigeria. One research question and hypothesis guided the study. Descriptive survey research design was used for the study. The population for this study comprised of 987,029 estimated population of child bearing mothers in Imo State. The sample consisted of 380 child bearing mothers using multi-stage sampling procedure. Questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. Mean, Standard Deviation and Chi Square were employed to analysed the research and hypothesis respectively. The finding revealed that strategies such as building of more health centres, employment of more health workers highlighted were effective to enhance the utilization of maternal and child health care services among child bearing mothers and that utilization of MCHs by child bearing mothers is significantly independent of their location. Based on the finding, it was recommended among others that primary health centres facilities should be adequately supplied with equipment, drugs and consumables by the State and Local governments to improve the quality of ante-natal, post-natal and immunization care services.