Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 12 - 2020
Mother’s Knowledge about Neonatal Danger Sign and Associated Factors in Sodo Town, Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia, 2019
Molalegn Mesele Gesese*
Department of Midwifery, College of Health Science and Medicine, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author: Molalegn Mesele Gesese, Department of Midwifery, College of Health Science and Medicine, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia.
Received: June 19, 2020; Published: November 25, 2020


Background: Neonatal period (the first 28 day of life) the child is at highest risk of dying. Sub-Saharan Africa had the highest NMR in 2018 at death per 1,000 live births; which is 10 time more likely to die than a child born in a high income country. In Ethiopia neonatal mortality rate was 30 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019.

Objective: The aim of the study was to assess knowledge about neonatal danger signs and associated factors among mothers in Wolaita Sodo town, southern Ethiopia.

Method: Community based cross-sectional study design was employed from October 1 to 30, 2019. Systematic sampling technique was used to select 410 mothers. A pre-tested, structured and interviewed-administered questioner was used to collect data. Data were entered using Epi-data version 3.1and analyzed using SPSS version 21. Bivariate and multivariable analysis was carried out using binary logistic regression to test and check the association between dependent independent variables.

Result: Nearly two third (67.1%) of mothers had good knowledge regarding neonatal danger signs. 226 (54.9%) of mothers identified diarrhea as neonatal danger signs. Husband’s educational status secondary school (AOR: 3.84, 95% CI: 1.66,8.89) and college and university (AOR: 2.41, 95% CI: 1.16, 5.03), place of residence (AOR: 2.04, 95% CI: 1.16, 3.57), Antenatal care (AOR: 2.79, 95 % CI: 1.49,5.19), Postnatal care (AOR: 1.87, 95% CI: 1.18,2.94) and mothers heard about neonatal danger signs (AOR: 2.14, 95% CI: 1.29,3.54).

Conclusion and Recommendation: Although not satisfactory in views of expectation, relatively high level of mothers’ knowledge about neonatal danger sign neonatal danger signs had been observed in study area as compared with previous reports. The government, town health office, health workers should contribute to create awareness about neonatal danger signs in the community.

Keywords: Neonatal Danger Sign; Knowledge; Sodotowen; Ethiopia


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