Ceaser Romano and Anbessa Bekele*
Pharmacy School, Health Institute, Jimma University, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author: Anbessa Bekele, Pharmacy School, Health Institute, Jimma University, Ethiopia.
Received: August 03, 2020; Published: September 28, 2020
Background: Abortion rates following unintended pregnancies is increasing in developing countries like Africa. Unsafe abortion is threatening the gains in reducing maternal mortality and achieving millennium development goal targets. Medication abortion is one of safe abortion interventions.
Objective: To assess knowledge, attitude and practices towards the use of medication abortion among female regular undergraduate students in faculty of health science, Jimma University.
Method: An institutional based cross sectional study was conducted on female regular undergraduate students in faculty of health science using stratified random sampling techniques and the sample from each stratum was selected using systematic simple random techniques from 7/02/2019 to 14/02/2019 in Jimma university main campus.
Results: A total of 232 students were interviewed and 10 questionnaires were discarded due to incompleteness, the age of the study participants ranged from 18 to 26. One hundred and thirty-four (62.9%) participants claimed to know what medication abortion is. From the 134 (62.9%) of the respondents who claimed to know what medication abortion means only 99 (73.9%) knew exactly what medication abortion means. The major source of information about medication abortion was teachers 100 (74.6%) followed by media (radio, TV, newspaper) 39 (29.1%). The majority of respondents knew misoprostol 95 (42.8%) and mifepristone 67 (30.2%). The majority 137 (64.3%) did not support that government should allow abortion in this country and only 25 (11.3%) would consider abortion if they have unplanned pregnancy. Ninety (40.5%) of study participants had sexual experience of which 11 (5%) became pregnant and 7 (3.2%) had an abortion the majority 5 respondents had MA.
Conclusion: Sexual reproductive health interventions are needed on campus in order to equip female undergraduates with comprehensive knowledge and skills to reduce the likelihood of unplanned pregnancies.
Keywords: KAP of Medication Abortion; Jimma University; Undergraduate Female Students in the Faculty of Health Science
Citation: Ceaser Romano and Anbessa Bekele. “Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards the Use of Medication Abortion among Female Regular Undergraduate Students in Faculty of Health Science, Jimma University, South-West Ethiopia". Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences 4.10 (2020): 127-142.
Copyright: © 2020 Ceaser Romano and Anbessa Bekele. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.