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Title: Women's health information needs and information sources: a study of a rural oil palm business community in South-Western Nigeria
Authors: Nwagwu, Williams E
Ajama, Monday
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The study addresses the health information needs, sources and information seeking behaviour of women living in a rural palm plantation community in Nigeria, using data collected through focus group discussion (FGD) and a questionnaire.Majority of the women were married, aged about 31 years, mainly Christian traders, and have a mean household size of 5.6.Most of them have secondary level education and are low income earners. They owned and used radios more than other electronic devices, and they sought health information mainly for themselves and their children. About nine out of every ten reported that they needed information about malaria, which they obtained mainly from friends/families or chemist shops.The FGD revealed that the women relied on traditional sources for health information; they practiced self-medication guided by prior diagnosis and visited the hospitals only when their illnesses went out of hand. There was an intriguing observation of referral practices from modern to traditional healers; they had low consciousness about HIV/AIDS and poor knowledgeab out behavioural aspects of illnesses. The long distance to the general hospitals and the exorbitant fees charged by the private hospitals discouraged their use of modern health facilities. There was also low trust and confidence on the services,competence and adherence to ethical standards by the modern health care providers. Just as health workers in the community require reorientation to fit in the setting, the women also require intensive awareness and literacy intervention to increase their person-efficacy and reduce the effect of cultural glass ceiling that disempowers them, and promotes reliance on quack medical services.
Page(s): 270-281
ISSN: 0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)
Appears in Collections:ALIS Vol.58(3) [September 2011]

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