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Title:Understanding barriers to maternal child health services utilisation in northern Ghana
Authors:Galaa, Sylvester Z.ISNI
Daare, Kareem
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:maternal and child health care
Abstract:This study examines existing barriers to the use of maternal and child health services in northern Ghana. Data were collected through primary interviews of 496 pregnancy and delivery cases. The findings show that self-reported antenatal and postnatal attendance was high in all surveyed districts. However, one major barrier has been the low quality of services provided. The findings also indicate that, although health facility delivery is high in the districts surveyed, only the well-to-do, urbanite women and the educated patronize supervised normal health delivery care. Due to social and physical access constraints, most rural-based, illiterate and poor women perceive supervised delivery as an option only for pregnant mothers experiencing pregnancy or labour complications. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]