FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH UPTAKE OF CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING AMONG WOMEN OF REPRODECTIVE AGE IN MIGORI COUNTY REFERRAL HOSPITAL

P.Otiende1, G. Kikuvi2 and J. Mutai3

1,2Department of Public Health, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture of Agriculture and Technology, P.O Box 62000-00200, Nairobi, Kenya 3 Center for Public Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute, P.O Box 20752-00202, Nairobi, Kenya

ABSTRACT The study objective was to determine factors associated with uptake of cervical screening among women of reproductive age. A descriptive cross-sectional facility-based design was used. The study area was Migori County Referral Hospital in Migori County, Kenya and a total of 213 participants took part. The study found out that there was low uptake of cervical cancer screening with only 15.2% of the respondents screened. Education is the only socio-demographic characteristic not statistically significant (p=0.181). Screening methods didn’t have any significance on the uptake of screening at P=0.1. Knowledge of screening procedures and duration of results availability had significance on uptake of screening (P<0.001). The study recommends increased awareness on screening benefits and risk factors associated with cervical cancer. Screening should also be made free irrespective of HIV status. Studies on the reasons for low uptake should be done using FGDs to ascertain the causes and interventions.

Key words: Cervical cancer; Screening; Barriers; Knowledge; Awareness; Uptake ;Availability ;Cost

Cite this article: Otiende, P., Kikuvi, G. & Mutai, J. (2019). Factors Associated with Uptake of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women of Reprodective Age in Migori County Referral Hospital. European International Journal of Science and Technology, 8(5), 11-25.