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Mubuuke Aloysius Gonzaga, Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Businge Francis, Byanyima Rosemary. Current knowledge, attitudes and practices of expectant women toward routine sonography in pregnancy at Naguru health centre, Uganda.
The Pan African Medical Journal. 2009;3:18

Key words: Pregnancy, Routine sonography, Naguru health centre, Uganda

Permanent link: http://www.panafrican-med-journal.com/content/article/3/18/full

Received: 21/06/2009 - Accepted: 23/11/2009 - Published: 30/11/2009

© Mubuuke Aloysius Gonzaga et al.   The Pan African Medical Journal - ISSN 1937-8688. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Current knowledge, attitudes and practices of expectant women toward routine sonography in pregnancy at Naguru health centre, Uganda



Mubuuke Aloysius Gonzaga1,&, Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde1, Businge Francis1, Byanyima Rosemary2


1Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, Radiology Department, 2Mulago Hospital, Radiology Department


&Corresponding author

Mubuuke Aloysius Gonzaga, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Radiology Department, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7072, Kampala-Uganda, Tel: +256772616788




Ultrasound has become a routine part of care for pregnant women in Uganda, being one of a range of techniques used in screening. However, it differs from most others because it allows women to view their babies. Routine obstetric sonography is now globally recognized as one of the ways through which maternal mortality can be reduced. This study aimed at finding out the knowledge, attitudes and practices of pregnant women towards prenatal sonography at Naguru Health Centre, Uganda.




Exploratory -descriptive study using interviewer-administered questionnaires. Thematic analysis was employed for qualitative data and bivariate, multivariate and logistic regression analysis was used for quantitative data.




Three themes emerged; Knowledge, Attitude and Practices.  Women’s knowledge, attitude and practices of obstetric sonography were influenced mainly by their biosocial factors like gravidity, education level and occupation. All women expressed concern that obstetric sonography could lead to cancer.




Obstetric sonography is highly appreciated as being vital for antenatal care. However, there is need for mothers and health care providers to be well informed about the safety and specific purposes of obstetric sonography and what it can and cannot achieve.