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Awareness of Pre-Natal Ultrasound Scan Among Antenatal Patients in A Northern Nigerian Population

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Author Sobechukwu W. I. Onwuzu, Flavious B.Nkubli, Thomas Adejoh, Ummukulthum B. Katagum, Joseph Dlama
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 476-479
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 8
Issue Date September 01, 2014
Publishing Date September 01, 2014
Keywords Antenatal, Northern Nigeria, Parity, Ultrasound



Abstract

Ultrasound is a very important imaging modality in the management of antenatal cases. Its utilization by expectant mothers is largely dependent on how necessary they think it is. This study aims at determining the level of awareness of the need for ultrasound scan amongst antenatal patients. A structured questionnaire on maternal biometrics and level of awareness was used as instrument for data collection and the results analyzed using descriptive statistics. Out of the 218 respondents, 96.3% (n = 201) knew about ultrasound. 69% (n = 152) received the information from the antenatal clinic. The major reason for undergoing an ultrasound scan was to check for fetal well-being and rule out complications in pregnancy. Parity significantly influenced women’s choices as they were more likely to go for and not turn down an ultrasound referral if they had more children. Ante-natal patients in our centre showed a commendable degree of knowledge on the need for antenatal ultrasound scan, a pointer towards the positive impact maternal health awareness is having among the pregnant population. This will help in neutralizing cultural and religious barrier in assessing ultrasound scan.


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