SummaryIn most developing countries, the health of the children is powerfully dependent onmaternal healthcare behavior. The study defines the prevalence of illness among infantchildren in rural sugarcane rising community and the mothers health seeking behavior.Diseases among young children are the major causes of illness and mortality mainly inthe developing countries of the world. Each year about 13 million infants and children diein developing countries the Health Seeking Behavior by women at the time of pregnancyand these women receiving treatment from” Aziz Bhatti Hospital”. Seeking care from abasic or wide spread facility in response to obstetric problems is a key behavior promotedin safe motherhood programmers. This study observed definitions of care seeking formaternal health complications used by families in Pakistan and the frequency and causesof locally-defined care seeking practices. Although the decrease of maternal mortalitylevels is a key Millennium Development Goal, community-based indication on obstetriccomplications and maternal care-seeking behavior remains limited in low-resourcecountries. Despite these gaps in access to skilled delivery and real emergency obstetriccare, some progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality levels. Mostly womenat the time of pregnancy consult homeopathic, spiritual and traditional healer as well asallopathic medicine they were mostly visiting hospital for the purpose of treatment. Casestudy method was used as a technique of data collection. There should be propermindfulness created by family head specially women’s relatives for the purpose of healthseeking at the time of need. Women enabling through improved girl child education, skillachievement and financial independence will increase the level of independence indecision making and generate the suitable health seeking behavior which can improvematernal and child survival in the developing countries. Women include over one-half ofhumankind. Improving their reproductive health is vital for improving general health. It isthe basis for women’s empowerment and one of the foundations of social and economicdevelopment. Thus, investing in their health is an asset in development today; it is also aninvestment in future generations.
ConclusionImproved obstetric care and decreasing levels of fertility and unwanted pregnancy mayhave played dangerous roles in addressing the maternal health care needs of Pakistaniwomen. The results from both the bivariate and multivariate analyses established theimportance of birth order, residence, mothers’ education and wealth index in explainingthe use of health care services. Female education retains a net effect on maternal healthservice use, independent of other women’s background characteristics, households’socioeconomic status and access to health care services. However, the study results areinconclusive with respect to the effect of other inclining and enabling factors, such aswomen’s age, work status and household decision-making autonomy. Multivariatelogistic regression estimations do not show any significant impact of these factors on theuse of maternal health care services. Families generally seek care for complications, butcare seeking does not agree to definitions used by maternal health programs. Localdefinitions of care seeking must be careful in interference design so that promotion ofcare seeking increases for facility-based care for life-threatening crises rather thanaccidentally increasing the use of home-based treatments of little medical value forprevention of mortality. Health education targeted at those close connections that are ableto influence decision-making among women will be able to make modern health servicesher first choice. The time missed in reaching a consensus on the need to seek health care,in a health facility with the aid of a decision maker in the family, who could be thewoman herself, husband, parent, and mother in law or any other significant person in thefamily. The health seeking behavior of women of reproductive age can control theabsence or presence of phase one delay and affect the occurrence of maternal mortality inmost communities in the developing world. This study was carried out to find out theextent rural women in the reproductive age group can take decisions, on their own, on theneed to seek modern health care among alternative choices in the community. Thesealternatives include self-treatment, medicine by traditional healers or unqualified persons,dispensary, and private or public medical institutions.
RecommendationsIn order to improve the health of mothers and children motherhoodcare programs have tobe appliedin the context of overall socio-economic development. The range ofcommunity based services should be extendedto improve utilization of maternal healthcare services.Since most women in all regions of Pakistan fail to give birth at health institutionsmostlybecause of old-stylebeliefs, efforts have to be made(a) To create awareness concerningthe benefits of motherhood care services;(b) Torallythe general public, the elderly and religious leaders.Currenttraditional birth attendants carrying out delivery services in almost all regions arenot trained in the deliveryof motherhoodcare services; they should be trained.Furthermore, establishmentmotherhoodcare services at primary health centers andproviding all health needs of women (and their children) is crucial to run completechildbearingcare services. The government and other concerned bodies should also makeefforts to expand general community based education so that women can have betteraccess to informationaboutmotherhoodcare. Women themselves should be able tounderstand that they benefit from motherhoodcare services. They should, thus, be able totake proper measures knowingthat prevention is much better than cure