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Martin Kuete, Aude Laure Tchouat Kemayou and Ancel Emmanue Songo
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, P R China
Yaounde Central Hospital, Cameroon
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Reprod Syst Sex Disord
Introduction: Whether the maternal mortality rate in Cameroon is one of the highest in the world, early follow-up and the number of antenatal visits significantly influence the outcome of pregnancies. We conducted a prospective study to explore and describe the potential factors of late pregnancy consultation in the perspective of enhancing the first term antenatal consultation (ANC) among pregnant women of Biyemassi District Health of Yaounde, Cameroon. Material & Methods: Community based characteristics of study population was applied in selected health centres to recruit a total of 101 pregnant women who experienced late first term pregnancy consultation and fulfilled all eligible criteria. Additionally, a structured questionnaire covering a range of late ANC factors were investigated. Results: During the 12 months preceding this study, the prevalence of late ANC among pregnant women in the health district was 62%. Overall, the social profile of the study population was quite similar to the greater population from which selected woman were coming. The risk age of participants estimated less than 16 years old and more than 34 years old. Besides the multiple local barriers, illiteracy was significantly linked with the refusal to be examined by a male health worker. Unwanted pregnancies, the willingness to hide oneâ�?�?s pregnancy and, unsuccessful abortion had an additional link with the risky age. Conclusion: The delay of the first early ANC is a potential limiting factor in the correct monitoring and surveillance and therefore should lead the community healthcare providers to forecast the delivery conditions more accurately including potential complications.