Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences

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Health service utilization among migrant mothers of under-five children in Shivamogga district of Karnataka


Introduction: Migrant mothers residing in the slum area always underutilize the health services rendered by the government. Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the health services utilization for children among migrant mothers of under-five children. Method: A cross-sectional descriptive survey approach was used for this study. The study was conducted among 320 mothers from selected migrant areas of Shivamogga District of Karnataka. Results: Results revealed that the majority (99.1%) of the mothers had utilized hospital services for delivery. Around 82.2% of the mothers were aware of Janani Suraksha Yojana. However, 57.5% of the mothers have not received cash incentives from the government after delivery under Janani Suraksha Yojana. Findings of the study also revealed that 55% of mothers have enrolled for Bhagyalakshmi Scheme and 71.2% of the mothers have received a Madilu Kit. It was evident from the study findings that 99.3% of mothers immunized their children and 84.3% of children above three years were going to Anganwadi. This indicated that still, many migrants were not able to access some of the government schemes. So, there is a need to build cognizance among migrant mothers on the government’s welfare and health awareness schemes. Also, available services should be made more accessible to the migrant population.