Barriers to Inseticide Treated Nets Utilization among under-Five Children in Nigeria

Sunday Abatan, Federal University Oye
Lorretta Favour C. Ntoimo, Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Ridwan Olusola Shittu, Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Sarafa Shittu, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Malaria remains a major public health problem, posing a risk for 97% of the population, and accounting for 60% of outpatient hospital visits in Nigeria especially the ‘vulnerable’ population (pregnant women and children <5years). This study examine factors associated with ITNs non-utilizations among under-five children in Nigeria. Is there any significance way to addressing the barriers to utilization of ITNs in Nigeria. This paper adopted a mixed method approach using NDHS 2013 and Key In-format interview qualitative data obtained from interviews with mothers of under-five children. The results revealed that non utilization of ITNs was associated with child’s age, wealth index, religion, healthcare decision and residence as well as misconceptions. The study concludes that poor utilization of ITNs among under-five children could be addressed by given more orientation on importance of ITNs and recommended that policy makers should focus on addressing identified barriers and inclusion of window and door nets.

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  Presented in Session P2. Poster Session 2