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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 260-264

Implementing the new WHO antenatal care model : voices from end users in a rural Nigerian community

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State

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O U Umeora
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State

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PMID: 19140366

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CONTEXT: The recommended WHO antenatal focused visits with reduced number of visits and tests is yet to be implemented in many communities in rural Nigeria. AIM: This paper evaluated the attitude of antenatal clients in a rural mission hospital to the new antenatal model. STUDY DESIGN: Focus group discussions were carried out bi-weekly for 12 weeks with consenting booked antenatal clients. The topic guide was developed following interactions with prenatal clients at a referral tertiary center. RESULTS: One hundred and forty-four clients were interviewed. Prior to discussion, none had heard of the new antenatal care model. More than half of them will prefer the traditional policy with multiple visits to the new model. The traditional visit was said to be more reassuring and provides the clients time away from their routine chores/occupations and afford them the opportunity to interact with other expectant mothers and get acquainted with the health care providers. CONCLUSION: To realize the goals of the new WHO recommended antenatal model in rural Nigeria, mass enlightenment and education must precede its gradual and cautious introduction.

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