Assessment of Knowledge and Utilization of ICDS Services among Mothers of Under Six Children in Selected ICDS Centers, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
Introduction: The lives of children and women are the true indicators of the strength of communities and nations. Therefore health and welfare of children and their mothers is the top priority of any nation
to build a strong society. The first six years of a child’s life are the most crucial. Inadequacies during this vulnerable period result in hampering development and growth faltering. The government of India launched the Integrated Child Development Service scheme on 2nd October 1975 in 33 (4 rural, 18 urban, 11 tribals) blocks to ensure the holistic development of the child with a package of services aimed at reducing child malnutrition, morbidity and mortality.
Materials and Methods: A non - experimental descriptive research was conducted to assess the knowledge of ICDS services and to determine the utilization of ICDS services among 100 mothers under six years
children in selected ICDS centres, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Non - probability purposive sampling technique was adopted. The tool consisted of 8 items in a socio-demographic profile, a 14 - item structured
interview schedule for assessing knowledge of ICDS services and a 12 items structured interview schedule for assessing utilization of ICDS services.
Results: The study findings reveal that the maximum number of mothers (43%) have an average knowledge score regarding ICDS services. Most mothers (82%) utilize immunization services. There are variations in knowledge as well as utilization levels among mothers regarding ICDS services. The results also indicate that knowledge is positively correlated with utilization [“t” df (98) = 1.96; p<0.05].
Conclusion: There is an urgent necessity for meaningful exclusion and execution of factors responsible for the lack of knowledge and underutilization of services at the national level.
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Maity R, Chakraborty SN, Biswas J. Assessment of Knowledge and Utilization of ICDS Services among Mothers of Under Six Children in Selected ICDS Centers South 24 Parganas West Bengal. Int J Nurs Midwif Res. 2022; 9(1):15.
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