Reproductive health issues of concern among Nigerians: an online survey

Authors

  • Sa'adatu T. Sule RH Clinic and Consultancy, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Boubacar Dieng GAVI Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Amina M. Danmadami University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20234114

Keywords:

Concerns, Improvement, Nigeria, Reproductive health

Abstract

Background: Reproductive health is often neglected due to various reasons including poor access to information and services. This study was undertaken to get an understanding of what reproductive health issues are of concern to Nigerians and their suggestions for improvement of services in order to meet their needs.

Methods: The study was an anonymous online survey carried out using Google Forms. Statistical analyses including rates and comparative analyses were carried out using MINITAB statistical software version 19.

Results: The most common reproductive health issues of concern to respondents were sexual health (29.59%), contraception (23.47%), infections (21.43%), fertility issues (17.35%, and female reproductive tract cancer (13.27%). Other concerns were limited access to reproductive health information and services including awareness and education of men and young people (5.10%), availability and affordability (2.04%), getting the right information (1.02%), and ability to discuss reproductive health issues (1.02%). The most common suggestions for improvement included having more information (65.00%), greater involvement of men (62.00%), improved access to services (56.00%), and greater involvement of young people (39.00%). The preferred media of information included social media (20.00%), email (20.00%), and health workers including door-to-door services and seminars in schools (13.85%). Other preferred media of information included radio (4.62%), print media (3.08%), parents/family (1.54%), and SMS messages (1.54%).

Conclusions: For meaningful impact, reproductive health interventions should ensure availability of information and services that are inclusive of adolescents and young people, men and older persons, through various channels such as school seminars, health workers, traditional and social media, and other technologies.

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2023-12-30

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Sule, S. T., Dieng, B., & Danmadami, A. M. (2023). Reproductive health issues of concern among Nigerians: an online survey. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 11(1), 104–110. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20234114

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