AN ASSESSMENT OF THE SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS INFLUENCING MATERNAL HEALTHCARE IN KOGI STATE
Maternal health is paramount in ensuring the continuity of the human population as well as improving the socio-economic development of a nation. As evident in the target of the third (SDG) goal five set to reduce the global maternal mortality rate (MMR) to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. It is in this light that this research sought to assess the socio-demographic factors influencing maternal healthcare in Kogi state. The multi-stage sampling technique was used in sampling respondents for this study who were women in the reproductive age group aged 15-49. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data. The study shows that 48% of women in the study area are of childbearing age are poor. Also, the study shows that the women had poor access to maternal ealthcare service in Healthcare facility due to lack of money to pay for transportation, drugs and medical service charge at the facility. The study recommends women empowerment which will consequently enhance their economic incentives to accessing quality maternal health services in the study area.