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Crèche facilities and working (nursing) mothers in Akure southwest Nigeria

Omotosho Babatunde, University of Ado-Ekiti

The need to ensure that children are well catered for in order to reduce child mortality arising from malnutrition necessitated the formulation of exclusive breastfeeding policy in Nigeria for all mothers. This study therefore considered the availability of these facilities; knowledge, attitude and practise of working (nursing) mothers to these facilities, and factors affecting the patronage or otherwise of the facilities in Ondo state secretariat, Akure, Ondo State Nigeria. The study adopted quantitative (one hundred and twenty questionnaires) and qualitative methods (twenty IDI). Findings revealed that a crèche centre was available in the organisation and most respondents (74.2%) were aware of the centre. The attitude of the mothers to this centre was low, as patronage was equally low (45.2%). Chi-square result showed that significant relationship existed between variables tested. The study recommends ways by which the aim of the facility will be achieved in the country.

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Presented in Poster Session 4