Sahel Medical Journal

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88--93

Delays in accessing antenatal care services in a developing nation tertiary health center


Natalia Adamou1, Saeed Okatewun Abdul2, Usman Aliyu Umar1 
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bayero University, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Usman Aliyu Umar
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, PMB 3452, Kano
Nigeria

Background: Delay in seeking medical care is common and constitutes a major unresolved public health problem. It could contribute immensely to maternal mortality, especially in developing countries, where access and availability of functional health-care facility have remained a challenge. Objective: This study aimed at identifying the forms of delays encountered by pregnant women seeking antenatal care (ANC) services and also factors responsible for such delays. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study among women attending antenatal care clinic of our hospital. Data were obtained through an interviewer-administered questionnaire and were analyzed by the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 17. Results: The mean age of the respondents was 28.6 (standard deviation [SD] ± 5.44) years. About a third (31.5%) experienced Type II delays due to inaccessibility to the mode of transportation and traffic deadlock; while majority (77.1%) experienced intrahospital delays due to delay in retrieving cases notes, seeing an obstetrician, inadequate health personnel, and consulting rooms. The average waiting time was 3.1 ± 0.91 SD hours (188 min). The waiting time was not statistically associated with time of arrival to the clinic. Conclusion: Most women experience intrahospital delays while seeking ANC. Intervention by policymakers and adequate staffing coupled with provision of necessary health-care amenities will go a long way in reducing patients waiting time.


How to cite this article:
Adamou N, Abdul SO, Umar UA. Delays in accessing antenatal care services in a developing nation tertiary health center.Sahel Med J 2020;23:88-93


How to cite this URL:
Adamou N, Abdul SO, Umar UA. Delays in accessing antenatal care services in a developing nation tertiary health center. Sahel Med J [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 5 ];23:88-93
Available from: http://www.smjonline.org/article.asp?issn=1118-8561;year=2020;volume=23;issue=2;spage=88;epage=93;aulast=Adamou;type=0