AN AWARENESS PROGRAM ON PREVENTION OF VAGINAL CANDIDIASIS AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN
Introduction: Vaginal candidiasis common problem among pregnant women. According to Jumbo G.T.A et al., during pregnancy women who did not know Candidiasis as a disease were 94.1% and 83.6% of the respondents felt there was no compelling need for treatment while 86.3% did not consider the disease of any serious clinical significance1.
Objective: This study was conducted to find the effectiveness of an awareness programme on prevention of vaginal candidiasis among pregnant women in selected seven Rural Maternity Child Welfare centres (RMCW's) of Udupi district.
Materials and Method: Evaluative survey approach was used to find the effectiveness of awareness program. The sampling technique used was non probability convenient sampling. Total of 142 pregnant women those who visited antenatal clinics of RMCW's were selected. One group pre-test – post-test design was used to assess the knowledge by administering a structured knowledge questionnaire, followed by awareness program. On seventh day post-test was conducted using same questionnaire to evaluate the knowledge of the subject.
Result: Majority of the pregnant women (89.2%) had poor knowledge in pre-test whereas 95.8% of them acquired a good knowledge in post-test.
Conclusion: Health professionals caring for pregnant women should find out about symptoms of vaginal candidiasis and they can give them knowledge and make aware, which may help them in improving their health by adopting preventive measures and help them to avoid the complications.
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