PUBLIC PERCEPTION REGARDING ACCEPTABILITY PROBLEMS IN UTILIZATION OF MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES IN PAKHTOON SOCIETY WITH REFERENCE TO DIR LOWER

Ubaid Ullah, Intikhab Alam, Shahid Iqbal, Saima Sarir, Sudhair Abbas

Abstract


The study was conducted in Dir lower with special
reference to public perception regarding hurdles in utilization of
maternal health services. The sample size of the study was 186
respondents, who were selected randomly. The data was
analyzed through simple percentage and frequencies, while to
see association between independent variable acceptability
problems with dependent variable maternal health. Women
confronted acceptability issue in availing maternal health
services like; women are not encouraged to visit maternal health
center, people fear of disclosing of privacy, discouragement of
Lady health workers, strict purdah system, unable to decide child
birth, child birth by traditional birth attendant and lack of
education about antenatal and post-natal care, during
pregnancy, childbirth and after birth. Due to cultural norms like
purdah, women are not permitted to utilize maternal health care
during pregnancy due to fear of disclosure of privacy, they
perform domestic, Lady health workers are not encouraged to
facilitate women during pregnancy, inability to decide child
birth and preferring child birth at home by traditional birth
attendant are the problems in shape of acceptability. Mass
media, religious, political leaders, civil society should create
awareness regarding maternal health issues to overcome the
degraded maternal health situation.


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