Socio-economic Predictors of Maternal Healthcare Uptake by Women in Makoko Community, Lagos, Nigeria

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Eshiet, I.C.U.
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The study investigated the socio-economic predictors of maternal healthcare uptake in Makoko community (an urban slum) within the Lagos metropolis, Nigeria. A cross sectional survey was conducted on a sample size of 250 women of child bearing age (15 – 49 years), randomly drawn from the community, using the multi-stage sampling technique. Specifically, the study sought to unravel if age, marital status, education, employment status, income, birth order, husband’s education and distance to health facility mediated on the uptake of maternal healthcare by women in Makoko community. Conflict and symbolic interactionism perspectives serve as the theoretical underpinnings of the study. Findings reveal that age, education, income, birth parity and husband’s education are positively correlated with the uptake of maternal healthcare. The study recommends targeted campaigns by government and non-governmental organizations on the dangers of lack of maternal healthcare, skill training for unemployed women and improvement of health facilities in Makoko community
Antenatal , Safe delivery , Post planning , Family planning