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Understand Factors Influencing Accessibility of Pregnant Women to Antenatal Care Services

Haliimo Saed Ali and Afaf AbdAlla Adam AbdAlla

Antenatal care is recognized as a major component of comprehensive maternal health care. It should include services that monitor the progress of the pregnancy to assess fetal and maternal health, offer preventive treatment such as immunization against tetanus and advise women on a range of significant health problems.

Aim: The purpose of the study to assesses elements that influence the accessibility of prenatal health care Service.

Methods: A cross-sectional hospital-based study was conducted among pregnant women attending antenatal care, outpatient clinics at Omdurman maternity hospital in Sudan, A total of 185 pregnant women were enrolled in the study. A self-administered interview questionnaire was used to hold information from study participants, SPSS software was used to produce descriptive statistics and cross tabulations with the chi - square test were performed to explore associations between variables.

Result: The majority of the pregnant women has access to antenatal care services (93.0%) and respondents paid for shipping to and from ANC, also paid for health care services.

Conclusion: Access, use of ANC services and payment for to ANC services these three genes found to greatly influence the utilization of ANC services among pregnant women in Omdurman maternity hospital.