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COVID-19 PREVENTIVE PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA

Volume 5, Issue 6, December 2021    |    PP. 108-122    |PDF (240 K)|    Pub. Date: November 10, 2021
DOI: 10.54647/pmh33178    13 Downloads     230 Views  

Author(s)
Ibekwe Ogechukwu C. MPH, BNSC., Institute of Human Virology, Abuja, Nigeria
Kareem Abiodun J. FMCPaed, MPH, MBChB., Department of Paediatrics. Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria
Akpoti Okehi O. MBBS., Clinton Health Access Initiative, Abuja, Nigeria
Ogunromo Ayodele Y. MPH, BSc, Welfare Unit, Association of Resident Doctor; Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo-State, Nigeria

Abstract
Introduction: This study aimed to assess COVID-19 preventive measures and violence against women and girls and determine the factors that contribute to COVID-19 preventive practices and violence against women and girls in Nigeria.
Method: A descriptive cross-sectional design was used for this study. Data was collected from 413 women/girls with age >18 years using a semi-structured interviewer-administered questionnaire The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. P value <0.05 was considered significant.
Results: Almost all 410 (99.2%) of the women were aware of the COVID-19. The majority 313 (75.8%) revealed that television was their main sources of information. Also, regular hand washing, 390 (94.4%) and use of face masks, 322 (77.2%) were the most common COVID-19 preventive measures practiced by the respondents. However, most 305 (73.8%) of the respondents had poor COVID-19 preventive practice. Further results revealed that physical violence 338 (81.8%) was the most common type of violence known. Thirty-one (7.5%) of the women claimed they had experienced at least one type of violence as a result of staying at home during the COVID-19 lockdown. There was a significant relationship between the COVID-19 preventive measures and violence against women and girls (χ2 = 19.59; p= 0.001)
Conclusion: The COVID-19 preventive practices such as lockdown enforcement contributes to violence against women and girls.

Keywords
COVID-19 Preventive Practice, Factors, Gender-based Violence, Nigeria.

Cite this paper
Ibekwe Ogechukwu C. MPH, BNSC., Kareem Abiodun J. FMCPaed, MPH, MBChB., Akpoti Okehi O. MBBS., Ogunromo Ayodele Y. MPH, BSc, COVID-19 PREVENTIVE PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA, SCIREA Journal of Health. Vol. 5 , No. 6 , 2021 , pp. 108 - 122 . https://doi.org/10.54647/pmh33178

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