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Background: Preeclampsia (PE) is a critical condition that poses a significant risk of maternal and fetal mortality, particularly in underdeveloped countries with limited access to health care. In such countries, the incidence of preeclampsia during pregnancy is estimated to be 10%. This study aimed to assess the understanding and management of PE care in pregnant women in Southwest Nigeria. Despite its high prevalence, there is a lack of information regarding the best management strategies for preeclampsia in the study location.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional design was employed, and 331 individuals were recruited from 2,283 expectant mothers in the East Senatorial District of Osun State through a multi-stage selection process.

Results: The participants demonstrated an average knowledge score of 10.2 out of 5.0, and 47.7% had a working knowledge of preeclampsia. However, less than half of the participants (46.2%) had completed secondary school.

Conclusion: Based on these findings, it can be concluded that expectant mothers generally possess a reasonable level of knowledge regarding preeclampsia. However, this study emphasizes the importance of enhancing women’s knowledge of preeclampsia through various means such as health education in maternity hospitals, media outlets, and national education programs.


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Mary Mojisola Obadimeji , Babcock University, Nigeria

Mary Mojisola Obadimeji is a Grant Writer/Assistant Lecturer at Babcock University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Public Health from Adeleke University in the year 2018 and a  Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Babcock University in year 2022. Her research interest is in the area of Maternal and Child Health. Her research interest focuses on the area of health issues that affect women and children. She is passionate about developing new ideas and strategies to ensure that mothers' and children's lifespans are not shortened due to diseases that can be preventable if identified early.

Titilayo Olaoye , Babcock University, Nigeria

Dr. Titilayo Olaoye is a Senior Lecturer at Babcock University. She obtained a Ph.D. in Health Promotion in 2021 from the same institution. Her research interest is in Maternal and Child Health/Reproductive Health. Titilayo Olaoye has conducted high-impact studies on the health issues affecting women, children, and teenagers in Nigeria.

Chikwendu Amaike , Babcock University, Nigeria

Dr.  Chikwendu Amaike is a lecturer and consultant at the Department of Community Medicine at Babcock University. He holds a  Bachelor of Medicine (Medicine and Surgery) from the University of Jos and a Master of Science (Masters in Public Health) (Community Medicine). Fellow (FMCPH) (Public Health and Community Medicine) between 2007 and 2012. His research focus is HIV and other  Health issues affecting mothers and children

Roland Ibenipere Funwei, Babcock University, Nigeria

Dr. Roland Ibenipere Funwei is a faculty (Lecturer 1) at the Department of Pharmacology, School of Basic Clinical Sciences, Ben Carson College of Health and Medical Sciences (BCCHMS), Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. Dr. Funwei holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Physiology from the University of Port Harcourt and a Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Ibadan, respectively. His research focus is chemotherapy of tropical diseases with bias in malaria genomics, particularly in maternal and child health, with several scholarly publications.

Alexandra Onyeunoneme Odiari, Babcock University, Nigeria

Dr.  Alexandra Onyeunoneme Odiari is a resident doctor at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State. She graduated from Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy, Ukraine in 2017. She is a budding researcher.

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Obadimeji , M. M., Olaoye , T., Amaike, C., Funwei , R. I., & Odiari , A. O. (2023). Assessment of the Level of Knowledge and Management Practices of Preeclampsia among Pregnant Women in Southwest Nigeria. Pan-African Journal of Health and Environmental Science, 2(2), 56–69. Retrieved from


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