Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020-08-03T11:11:41+00:00 Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish&nbsp;high-quality&nbsp;papers (<a href="/index.php/AJPCB/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all aspects of&nbsp;‘Pregnancy and Childbirth’. The journal welcomes papers on breastfeeding, labor, maternal health, maternity care, the biomedical aspects of pregnancy, trends&nbsp;and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. This journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct, scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> Prevalence and Intensity of Intestinal Helminths among Pregnant Women Attending Antenatal Clinic in Ebonyi State Nigeria 2020-07-29T11:41:58+00:00 C. A. Imakwu J. C. Ozougwu J. E. Eyo O. P. Okeke G. U. Amana S. C. Eziuzor J. E. Ekeleme M. I. Aniekwe <p><strong>Aim:</strong> This present study was conducted to determine the prevalence and intensity of intestinal parasites among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in Ebonyi State Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>The study was carried out from April 2011 to March 2012 at two purposively selected hospitals in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Three hundred and sixty pregnant women were randomly selected for this study. Stool samples were examined for intestinal helminths using macroscopic and the microscopic methods. The intensity of the ova was determined directly and graded. Data analysis was performed using Statistical software for social sciences version 20.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> Out of the 360 sampled pregnant women, 18.6% was found positive for intestinal helminthic parasites. Three intestinal helminthic parasites isolated were; <em>A. lumbricoides </em>(8.9%), hookworm (6.1%) and <em>T. trichiura </em>(3.6%). The prevalence and intensity were higher during the rainy season than the dry season. First trimester, secundigravidae and (15-20 yrs) age group had the highest prevalence of intestinal helminthic parasites. Pregnant women that ate raw vegetables had a higher prevalence of Ascariasis, trichuriasis and hookworm infection than those that ate cooked vegetables. In relation to source of drinking water, those that got drinking water from river had the highest prevalence of all the parasites. On the type of toilet used, pregnant women who use bush method had the highest prevalence 7(10.9%) for <em>A</em>. <em>lumbricoides</em> and<em> T. trichuria</em> was more prevalent with those who use pit toilet 6(3.8%) while hookworm 12(8.7%), was seen among women using water cistern<em>.</em> In relation to washing of hands after toilet, pregnant women that do not wash hands had higher prevalence of 6(11.5%), 2(3.8%) 6(11.5%) for <em>A. lumbricoides</em>, <em>T</em>. <em>trichuria </em>and hookworm respectively than those that do wash their hands after toilet. Those that ate raw meat had higher prevalence of <em>A. lumbricoides</em> 3(15.8%),<em> T. trichuria</em> 2(10.5%) and hookworm 3(15.79%) than those that did not eat raw meat. Those who walk barefooted had higher prevalence of <em>A. lumbricoides </em>5(8.3%), <em>T. trichuria</em> 4(6.7%) and hookworm 8(13.3%) than those who do not walk barefooted.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> From this study, it is concluded that helminthic parasites are still present in pregnant women at Ebonyi state, therefore there is need to control and prevent their infection so as to eradicate its effects on pregnant women. The creation of awareness on the preventive measures of helminthic infections amongst people in Ebonyi state is urgently needed. Consequently, health education in local languages should be vigorously mounted to create awareness on helminthic diseases.</p> 2020-07-29T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Newborn Resuscitation Resources in Selected Rural and Urban Primary Healthcare Centres in Enugu State, Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis 2020-08-03T07:21:57+00:00 T. F. Okusanya A. U. Chinweuba C. I. Nweke J. N. Esievo <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Successful neonatal resuscitation involves availability of neonatal resuscitation resources in terms of material and skilled personnel; this is the first and most important step in delivering effective neonatal resuscitation. The study aimed to assess and compare newborn resuscitation resources in terms of materials (availability, types and functionality) and manpower (availability and professional status) in the urban and rural primary healthcare centres in Enugu State, South East Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> A Comparative survey design using a multistage sampling technique to select 134 PHC (67 each from both urban and rural area). Data collected by a checklist and a self-structured questionnaire filled by health personnel. Data collection lasted for 12 weeks.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Mucus extractor (rural 88.1%/urban 79.1%) is the most available material for newborn resuscitation. Ventilating devices like Ambu bag, face mask, oral airway, oxygen cylinder etc. are more in the urban than rural. Although, most of the materials are analogue/manual, the urban area has more of electronically/digitally operated materials of which are either fairly or fully functional. The major personnel in both setting (urban 65.7%/rural 85.1%) are Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW); the urban had more of highly skilled professional. Although, some of the personnel in both setting (urban 50.7%/rural 38.8%) rated their skill in newborn resuscitation management as good, majority of them (urban 86.6% / rural 88.1%) had no specialized training on newborn resuscitation. Lack of material (urban 68.7% / rural 80.6%) was a major challenge in newborn resuscitation. There is no significant difference in the availability and functionality but a significant difference in the types of the material and manpower resource.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> There is almost same variability of newborn resuscitation resources in the urban and rural area. Adequate resources (material and manpower) should be provided in the PHC in Enugu State this will bring a reduction in the neonatal mortality rate.</p> 2020-08-03T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Clients’ Assessment of Quality of Antenatal Care Services at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Nigeria: Understanding Key Role of Health Providers 2020-08-03T11:11:41+00:00 Edmund Ndudi Ossai Chukwudiebere Ekuma Oko Nnamdi Okafor Chinelo Chukwudulue Jude Uchechukwu Ukwa Lawrence Ulu Ogbonnaya <p><strong>Aims: </strong>The research objective of this article sought to determine the clients' evaluation of the quality of antenatal care (ANC) at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>Study Design:</strong>&nbsp; A descriptive cross-sectional study design was adopted.</p> <p><strong>Place and Duration of Study:</strong> Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Nigeria. The study took place between April and May, 2018.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> A systematic random sampling technique was used to select 415 women receiving ANC at the facility. A questionnaire designed by the authors was used as an instrument for the research. A composite index of satisfaction (overall satisfaction) was derived. It was determined by proportion of clients who were satisfied with ANC services, were willing to use facility again for ANC and also recommend to others. It also included those who reported being well received at facility and were satisfied with attitude of Doctors and Nurses. A ‘Yes’ answer to these six variables was regarded as overall satisfaction.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>From the results of the study, mean age of respondents was 29.3±4.5 years. It was found that the major reasons for registering at the facility were quest for quality care (41.0%) and facility has trained health workers,(21.4%). Majority, 91.6% intend to deliver at the facility. It was found that majority (73.0%) had overall satisfaction with ANC services. The predictors of overall satisfaction included having attained tertiary education, (AOR=0.4; 95%CI: 0.2-0.8), being unemployed, (AOR=0.6; 95%CI: 0.3-0.9) and intention to deliver in same health facility, (AOR=2.4; 95%CI:1.2-5.1)</p> <p><strong>Conclusions:</strong> The major reasons for choosing the health facility for ANC were health worker related.&nbsp; Majority of the clients had overall satisfaction with antenatal services and were also willing to deliver at the facility. Being satisfied with ANC services facilitates delivery in health facility and this is capable of improving maternal health in Nigeria. In realizing this, health providers have a prominent role to play. There is thus the need to support health workers in fulfilling this essential role and this may necessitate training health workers on quality of care.</p> 2020-08-03T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##