The factors affecting the prevalence of malaria among the under-five children in Rumuigbo town, Obio-Akpor L.G.A of Rivers State was studied. Three objectives that guided the study include; determining if parents’ income, mothers literacy level and occupation affects the sustenance of malaria in Rumuigbo. To determine if the use of insecticide treated nets is a determinant in the sustenance of malaria among under-five in the area and finally to ascertain if environmental factors (living close to stagnant water, blocked drains and water retaining plants) are determinants in the prevalence of malaria in Rumuigbo town. A descriptive research design was adopted. Structured and standardized questionnaire was administered to 480 care givers of under-fives selected systematically from 3 hospitals in the area. The result indicated that 42 percent were males while 58 percent were females. The prevalence of malaria was 62 percent in Rumuigbo. The Chi-square result revealed that average monthly income of parents (p-value < 0.001), mothers’ occupation (p-value < 0.001), the non-use of ITNs (p< 0.001) are factors associated with the sustenance of malaria in the area. There is also association between some environmental factors such as living close to blocked drains (p-value < 0.001) and water retaining plants (p-value < 0.001) with malaria prevalence. Mothers should be enlightened on the risk factors of malaria. There should also be enlightenment campaign on the use of ITNs to reduce the prevalence of malaria among under- five.
Keywords: Prevalence, Malaria, Under-five, Rumuigbo, Obio-Akpor L.G.A, and Rivers State
The MasterMind, P (2021). FACTORS AFFECTING THE PREVALENCE OF MALARIA AMONG UNDER-FIVE IN RUMUIGBO TOWN, OBIO- AKPOR L.G.A, RIVERS STATE. Afribary.com: Retrieved March 03, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/factors-affecting-the-prevalence-of-malaria-among-under-five-in-rumuigbo-town-obio-akpor-l-g-a-rivers-state
Project, The MasterMind. "FACTORS AFFECTING THE PREVALENCE OF MALARIA AMONG UNDER-FIVE IN RUMUIGBO TOWN, OBIO- AKPOR L.G.A, RIVERS STATE" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 22 Feb. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/factors-affecting-the-prevalence-of-malaria-among-under-five-in-rumuigbo-town-obio-akpor-l-g-a-rivers-state . Accessed 03 Mar. 2021.
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Project, The MasterMind. "FACTORS AFFECTING THE PREVALENCE OF MALARIA AMONG UNDER-FIVE IN RUMUIGBO TOWN, OBIO- AKPOR L.G.A, RIVERS STATE" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed March 03, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/factors-affecting-the-prevalence-of-malaria-among-under-five-in-rumuigbo-town-obio-akpor-l-g-a-rivers-state