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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 6085-6090

Attitude and practices related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic among pregnant women attending family welfare clinic amid Phase-2 lock down


Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, J&K, India

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Dr. Sheikh M Saleem
Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, J&K -190010
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_932_20

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Background: The antenatal period is an important landmark where the services provided to mothers through antenatal care (ANC) checkups also act as a way for additional interventions influencing maternal and child health. This study aimed to know about the perception and practice among the patients of ANC checkups (ANCs) regarding COVID-19 and what are the implications of it on their routine check-ups. Methods: We conducted this study from 15 April, 2020 to 03 May, 2020, Phase 2 {Country wide lockdown in India}, which was imposed for over 19 days. The sample size was kept open and we used convenient type of sampling and included all those pregnant women who attended the clinic for ANC checkup amid the countrywide lock down. Each patient of ANC checkup was interviewed by the treating doctor using a predesigned structured questionnaire containing questions based on demographic information and the perception and practices regarding corona virus infection. Results: The majority, 66 (79.5%) were in the age group of 26–35 years, 63 (75.9%) were in the second and third trimester of their pregnancy, 72 (86.7%) were from urban areas, 26 (31.3%) and 17 (20.5%) were having education level of bachelor's and higher, respectively. The majority 39 (47%) reported that they are worried that someone they know may have the coronavirus infection and they are unaware about it, 57 (68.7%) feel the nature of the disease as fatal, all ANCs reported that their families are taking initiatives to prevent corona virus infection and they should take extra precautions for corona virus infection, 6 (7.2%) reported that any member of their family has been quarantined during the period, 81 (97.6%) feel that primary precautions like hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face mask, and isolation and quarantine will help in the reduction of infection, 69 (83.1%) choose to report to hospital if any of their close relatives are down with symptoms of corona virus. Conclusion: Our study showed that the respondents had a good attitude, perception, and were following sensible positive practices regarding COVID-19 prevention.


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