Maternal health care services utilization amidst Covid-19 lockdown: retrospective study

Sandhya Budhathoki, Dr. Bibhuti Adhikari, Dr. Rupesh Ramtel
2020 Zenodo  
Abstract— Objective: The objective was to find the changes in maternal health care utilization. Design: Retrospective design was adopted. Setting: Study was conducted in Damak, Nepal. Methods: Data from four hospitals was retrieved for fiscal year 2076/77 (July 14,2019 - June 14 2020). Trend analysis was done. Results : Study showed a decline in utilization of overall maternal health care during the months of Lockdown The utilization of antenatal care services has declined in the beginning of
more » ... the beginning of Lockdown but shows an increasing trend in the month of May-June. The number of Normal deliveries has declining trend since the beginning of Lockdown. The number of Caeserean Section declined during (March 14-April 12) and slightly increased in Bhaishak (April 13-May 13), but reduced again in the month of Jestha (may13-June14). The number of permanent family planning service use reduced in Chaitra (March 14-April 12), increased very slightly in Bhaishak(April 13-May 13), and declined again in the month of Jestha(may13-June14). The utilization of temporary family planning method and immunization has increased in the later month of Lockdown. Conclusion: This decline in utilization may increase the maternal morbidity and mortality rates.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4059164 fatcat:ygtilojft5bp5lhfy476v7fpcy