THE MENACE OF MALARIA AMONG CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN IN NIGERIA

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THE MENACE OF MALARIA AMONG CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

The study investigated menace of malaria among children and pregnant women of Ukwa East Local Government Area.
The study focuses on the concepts like definition of malaria, history of malaria, effect of malaria on pregnant women and children,
symptoms of malaria, treatment and prevention of malaria
fever. The descriptive survey cohort research method used. Two hundred and fifty (25) samples male up of
both children and pregnant women were used for the study from three (3) communities that were selected
using stratified sampling technique. A self-structured questionnaire was used as a research instrument for
data collection. A descriptive statistics frequency count, percentage was used to analyze personal data of
the respondents and non-parametric statistics of chi-square (X ) set at 0.05 alpha level of significance was
adopted to analyze the hypotheses tested for the study. The result shows that poor environmental
sanitation, constant mosquito bite and poor awareness on incidence and poor prevention and control of
malaria hinders both children and pregnant women’s health. The researcher recommends among others
general cleaning of the surrounding through the use of sanitary inspectors to direct its towards the
provision of adequate medical care to our localities and community health centers. The community
should equally assist the government morally and financially without any delay in running the rural health
centers in the town as to improving the quality of health care services in the

THE MENACE OF MALARIA AMONG CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN IN NIGERIA

THE MENACE OF MALARIA AMONG CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN IN NIGERIA