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Table 5 Expectant mothers’ knowledge of mother-to-child transmission of HBV

From: Assessing the knowledge of expectant mothers on mother–to-child transmission of viral hepatitis B in Upper West region of Ghana

Knowledge about MTCT of HBV Correct response only N (%)
Total N (%) Wa Municipality Lawra District
An HBV infected Mother can infect her baby in the uterus (intrauterine) before birth 343(76.2) 202 (84.2) 141(67.1)
Breast milk can transmit HBV 8(1.8) 3(1.2) 5(2.4)
Newborns are too young to contract HBV from infected mothers 177(39.3) 136 (56.7) 41(19.5)
The HBV vaccine is harmful to the unborn 75(16.7) 51 (21.1) 24 (11.4)
HBV infection of the child cannot occur after the child is born to an infected mother. 175(38.9) 128 (53.3) 47(22.4)
Average Knowledge about MTCT (sum of % N/5) 156(34.7) 104 (43.3) 52 (24.8)
Total number of respondents 450 240a 210a
  1. aPercentages do not add up to 100 due to multiple responses