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Awareness Of Danger Signs and Nutritional Education among Pregnant Women in Kassala, Eastern Sudan

Awareness Of Danger Signs and Nutritional Education among Pregnant Women in Kassala, Eastern Sudan

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Title: Awareness Of Danger Signs and Nutritional Education among Pregnant Women in Kassala, Eastern Sudan
Author: Ali, Abdel Aziem A.; Rayis, Duria A.; Abaker, Ameer O.; Adam, Ishag
Abstract: Objective: To determine awareness of pregnancy danger signs and nutritional education among pregnant women attending antenatal care clinics in six health centres in Kassala, eastern Sudan. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of 388 pregnant women attending the antenatal care clinics in six health centres in Kassala, eastern Sudan during July 2010. Structured questionnaires were used to gather the socio-demographic data, first booking, number of visits, schedule/ timing of every visit, provided care (history, examination, investigation, health and nutrition education, counseling about screening of sexually transmitted diseases [STIs], plan of delivery and family planning). Results: 83.8% out of the 388 interviewed women had at least one visit and only 16.2% had ≥ four antenatal visits, most of the women claimed that they spent 5 minutes or less with the antenatal care provider. 10.6% recalled that they were educated about: diet and nutrition, 28.4% on pregnancy symptoms, 45.4% on schedule/ timing of the subsequent visit, 63.4% on plan of delivery, and 4.1% on family planning. However no woman had been counselled about screening of STIs, HIV and breast self examination. Most of the women (342, 88.1%) were not aware of the danger signs of pregnancy. Conclusions: A small proportion of women attending the antenatal care in Kassala, eastern Sudan, are aware of the danger signs of pregnancy and they did not benefit from the services related to nutrition and diet education, as well as family planning and counselling on STIs; in particular HIV.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/20818
Date: 2016-04-26


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