Gestational Malaria and Factors Influencing Mosquito Bed Net Use Among Pregnant Women in Biyem-Assi, Yaounde
malaria, pregnant women, mosquito bed net, Biyem-Assi Health District
Malaria is an endemic parasitic disease in Cameroon and it is transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles. Malaria prevention methods are diverse. Their availability sometimes does not guarantee effective usage and the use of each method in isolation may not provide the necessary results for the fight against malaria. Pregnant women are relatively more vulnerable and so it is recommended that they should be protected against malaria. Proper protection will require the use of mosquito bed nets as major malaria prevention method. This study was designed to find out malaria prevalence and factors influencing the use of mosquito bet nets among pregnant women of Biyem-Assi Health District. Information on the knowledge of malaria and use of malaria prevention methods, especially bed nets was collected from 302 pregnant women attending prenatal clinics in health institutions within the Biyem-Assi Health District of Yaounde VI subdivision using a pretested questionnaire.
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