Knowledge Concerning IMCI ─░ntervention Strategy among Trained And Untrained Healthcare Providers in Port Harcourt Primary Healthcare Centres
Ms. Damiete Maxwell Amachree, MScN, Mr. Chinemerem Eleke MSN

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy was developed to be a standardized tool for use by nurses and midwives in primary healthcare settings. This study examined the knowledge concerning IMCI intervention strategy among trained and untrained healthcare providers in Port Harcourt primary health centres in Nigeria. A cross-sectional design was used on consenting respondents between 10th January and 15th April 2020. The study was conducted in all the 12 Model Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centres in Port Harcourt. The census sampling technique was used to enroll 52 nurses (12 trained and 40 untrained). A novel structured 24-item questionnaire was used for data collection. Descriptive statistics and Mann-Whitney U test was employed at a 5% significance level for data analysis. The data were analyzed with the aid of SPSS 25 software solution (IBM SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA). Results revealed that knowledge of IMCI among respondents without IMCI training was inadequate (score 45.8%, criterion 70%). The knowledge of IMCI among respondents with IMCI training was also inadequate (50%). There was no significant difference in knowledge of IMCI between the groups (trained vs. untrained, p = >0.05). IMCI-related knowledge was inadequate among IMCI-trained and untrained healthcare providers and training did not seem to improve IMCI-knowledge significantly. In recommendation, mentorship and supervision should be explored in addition to frequent re-fresher IMCI trainings for healthcare providers.

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