Assessment of access and utilization of adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in Lagos State, 2013
Disu Yahya Oyewoga1,&, Ekanem Ekanem2, Sekoni Oluwayemisi2, Balogun Muhammad3
1Primary Health Care Department, Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria, 2Department of Community Health, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 3Nigeria Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria
Disu Yahya Oyewoga, Primary Health Care Department, Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria
adolescents represent a large proportion of the world population. Their health
impacts on the overall health of the world as they transit into adulthood. In
Nigeria, limited access to effective health education programmes and friendly
sexual and reproductive health services are major contributory factors to poor
sexual and reproductive health knowledge and behavior among the young people.
The objectives of the study were to determine the level of awareness, access
and factors that affect utilization of the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive
Health Services in the state.
we conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study between April and August 2013 among adolescents in Lagos State schools. Respondents were selected using a multi-stage sampling technique and data was collected with a semi-structured interviewer administered questionnaire. Test of associations was done using chi square.
a total of 413 respondents were selected, 226 (54.7%) were male. In all, 48 (11.6%); male 28 (12.4%), females 20 (10.7%) had had sexual intercourse. Mean age at sexual debut was 11.7 ± 3.3 years. Twenty-two (5.3%) respondents had more than one sexual partners. Twenty-eight (6.8%) had ever used condoms. Only 8 (16.7%) of those who ever used condoms, used it consistently while 18 (4.4%) had never used condoms. Twelve (2.9%) reported ever having sexually transmitted infection. Only 132 (32%) of the sampled adolescents were aware of adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in the state. Parents and teachers were the major sources of information on the centers providing the services. Only 42 (10.2%) of the respondents ever accessed the adolescent sexual and reproductive health center in the state and services accessed include HIV counselling and testing STI treatment and prevention. Factors that significantly affected utilization were awareness, cost of care and societal disapproval (p-values < 0.05).
utilization of the existing adolescent reproductive and health services was low among the school adolescents in Lagos State. Awareness, cost of care and societal disapproval were found to account for the poor utilization. Mass media campaign should be engaged for improved awareness and behavioral change in the society and reduction in service fee will improve utilization of adolescent sexual and reproductive health services in Lagos State.
Nigeria CDC/Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme 2<sup>nd</sup> Annual Scientific Conference (Abuja)
To create a platform for epidemiologists and public health physicians to share their scientific works, NCDC/NFELTP organized the 2nd annual scientific conference with the theme "strengthening one health through field epidemiology training" at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria from July 5-7, 2017. The objectives of the conference were to provide residents and graduates a forum to share findings from their field activities; provide training opportunity for trainees on scientific communication; provide an opportunity for epidemiological networking as well as create a forum to discuss pertinent public health issues. In attendance were dignitaries from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, WHO, Africa CDC, Ministries Departments and Agencies, University officials and other implementing partners. With the current rise in zoonotic diseases, the conference also featured a two-day pre-conference workshop on One Health which prioritized zoonotic infectious diseases in Nigeria using standardized prioritization methods. A second workshop focused on antimicrobial resistance. There were 38 oral presentations, 60 poster presentations and 2 plenary sessions. The presentations covered various sub-themes ranging from outbreak investigations, case management, health system strengthening, vaccine preventable diseases, communicable diseases and surveillance. The conference featured a National Night and climaxed with awards to outstanding presenters.
Dates: 05 Jul 17 - 07 Jul 17
Venue: Transcorp Hilton Hotel
Organizers: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control / Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme
Contact person: Dr Patrick Nguku (firstname.lastname@example.org)