The Roles of Infrastructure and Resources on Implementation of Free Maternal Healthcare Services in Machakos Level 5 Hospital, Machakos County, Kenya
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages: 49-55
Received: Dec. 6, 2016; Accepted: Dec. 27, 2016; Published: Jan. 20, 2017
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Otundo Denis Orare, Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Wangombe Ann, Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Muchiri Francis, ITROMID, College of Health Sciences, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
Chimbevo Mwagambo, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Mt. Kenya University, Thika, Kenya
Ooga Westley, Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya
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Free maternal health care services in Kenya was introduced on 1st June, 2013 and has increased the number of skilled deliveries significantly. In this paper an attempt is made to examine the factors associated with the utilization of free maternal health care services in Kenya on the basis of data collected from Machakos Level 5 hospital. A descriptive cross-sectional study design was used. Using both probability and non-probability sampling techniques; purposive sampling and stratified sampling techniques, a sample of 398 participants who received free maternal services at Machakos level 5 were recruited. A survey questionnaire and interview schedule were administered to women who had delivered in the hospital and interview scheduled was administered to health workers. The findings of the study showed that there is a recognizable relationship between hospital infrastructure and implementation of free maternity services in public hospitals. The study established that there is a positive and significant relationship between patient level of awareness and utilization of free maternal healthcare services. Awareness was sighted as a major structural variable that could influence decision of women to deliver in public hospitals, such knowledge should highlight on requirement and various point of service delivery all of which determined to a great extent the quality of free maternal health services in Kenya.
Free Maternity Service, Resources, Infrastructure
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Otundo Denis Orare, Wangombe Ann, Muchiri Francis, Chimbevo Mwagambo, Ooga Westley, The Roles of Infrastructure and Resources on Implementation of Free Maternal Healthcare Services in Machakos Level 5 Hospital, Machakos County, Kenya, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017, pp. 49-55. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20170501.18
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