Perception of Umbilical Cord Infection and its Care among Post Natal Clients in Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria


  • Zorto Dwamo Philip MBBS, MHM, University of Maiduguri, Benue State University PhD, Texila American University
  • Femi Akinyode Oyo State Ministry of Health
  • Ayinde Abayomi Oluwasegun University of Ibadan (Public Health, Epidemiology)
  • Faith Ehiaghe Ugba University of Ibadan (Public Health, Environmental Health)
  • Aminu Babayi KNCV Nigeria
  • Weror Tsenongo Benjamin Lead City, Ibadan, Oyo State
  • Busari Moshood Babatunde Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
  • Ajayi, Temitope Olaomoju Microbiology Dept, University of Ibadan
  • Ogunlelu Babatunde. M. Bowen University



Background: The umbilical vessels remain patent for a few days following birth which provides direct access to the bloodstream. The cord stump can therefore be an excellent medium for bacteria. Infections are the single most important cause of neonatal mortality and it is estimated that 300 000 infants die annually from tetanus and 460 000 die because of severe bacterial infections, of which umbilical cord infection is a major precursor.

Objectives: To determine the perception of umbilical cord infection and its care among post- natal clients in Olabisi Naranjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria

Methodology: This was a cross sectional descriptive design and 195 mothers with neonates of 3-28 days were selected using systematic sampling method. The data was collected using pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire. Descriptive analysis using means, frequency and proportions was computed and Chi-square test (p<0.05) was used to determine the association between dependent and independent variables.

Results: The findings of the study revealed that there was a significant relationship between age and the knowledge and level of respondents at p-value <0.05 and also the study revealed that there was a significant relationship between respondent level of education and perception of the respondent toward towards Umbilical cord infection and its care at p-value <0.05.

Conclusion: The study revealed that the respondent age was between age of 22 to 45year old with mean age and standard deviation of the respondents was 33.12 ±5.8. More of the respondents had primary school education, follow by secondary school, but minority had tertiary education. The respondent knowledge is on the high side 130 (66.7%) toward Umbilical cord infection and its care. All the respondent 195(100%) do know that appropriate cord care would prevent abdominal pain that was a result of invading organisms. The study also revealed that 154(79 %) respondents have good perception toward Umbilical cord infection and its care.

Also the coping mechanism of the respondent is high 149(76.4%) %) toward Umbilical cord infection and its care.

Recommendations: More campaigning and sensitization on the contributing factors should be tailored among mothers during ANC visits so as to avoid umbilical cord infections.


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How to Cite

Philip, Z. D. ., Akinyode, F. ., Oluwasegun, A. A. ., Ugba, F. E. ., Babayi, A. ., Benjamin, W. T. ., Babatunde, B. M. ., Olaomoju, A. T. ., & M. , O. B. . (2022). Perception of Umbilical Cord Infection and its Care among Post Natal Clients in Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH SYSTEMS AND MEDICAL SCIENCES, 1(6), 300–316.




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