Influence of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Health Outreach Programme on Maternal Child Health in Nandi Central Sub-County
Over the years maternal child health has become a problem in sub Saharan Africa. This problem has triggered outreach programmes and foundations to address the problems relating to maternal child health. This study examined the influence of outreach programmes on maternal child health from the context of MTRH. The objective of the study includes; establish how preventive services influence maternal child health in MTRH Outreach Programme in Nandi Central Sub-county. The study adopted health belief model as its theoretical framework. The research designed used was a descriptive survey. The target population for the study involved 290 Mothers and 5 MTRH officers in charge of health outreach programmes. The sample size for the study involved 165 Mothers and 5 MTRH officers. The MTRH officers were selected using purposive sampling method while Mothers were selected using stratified random sampling method. The researcher utilised questionnaires and interview as data collection instruments. The instruments were validated and tested for reliability before they were administered to the field. Data collected was analysed using descriptive; frequencies, percentages, means and standard deviation and inferential statistics; correlations and regression. The statistical package for social sciences was used to code and enter data. The research showed that health education, referrals, distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets and Nutrition Supplements, child vaccination influence maternal child health in MTRH Outreach Programme in Nandi Central Sub-county.
Research findings shows that training on immunisation was regularly provided to 71.2% of mothers in the study area, also the main referral programmes that were always provided included; attending pre-natal and antenatal services (76.5%) and educating women on the importance of delivering in health facilities (70.6%), there existed inadequate provision of resources to women on maternal health improvement in the study area and the preventive services regularly provided by included; immunisation services, PMTCT services, advice on maternal emergencies and universal access family planning. The study recommends that there is need for MTRH to consider training women on child nutrition as it was found to be lowly provided, the study suggests that MTRH outreach programme to consider providing more resources and there is need for emergency preparedness and complication readiness.
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