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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 255-257

Knowledge and practice of cervical screening among female health workers in Sokoto, North Western Nigeria

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto, Nigeria

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E I Nwobodo
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto
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BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown the importance of health care professionals as predictors of the use of cervical cancer screening. AIMS: To determine the knowledge and utilisation of cervical cancer screening services in a cohort of subjects where awareness is naturally expected to be high. METHODS: A cross sectional questionnaire survey of 159 female health care providers in Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital Sokoto. The sample included doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and medical social workers. RESULTS: Knowledge of cervical cancer screening is high among the respondents. However, only 4.4 % had availed themselves of the opportunity for the test. CONCLUSION: Health care providers should improve on opportunistic screening. It is necessary for a national screening policy to be formulated and implemented in Nigeria.

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