Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 186

Full Length Research Paper

Application of ICTs in family planning and birth control in Awka-South L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria

Uchenna Patricia Ekwugha*
  • Uchenna Patricia Ekwugha*
  • Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
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Allen Nnanwuba Adum
  • Allen Nnanwuba Adum
  • Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 13 April 2014
  •  Accepted: 27 October 2014
  •  Published: 31 December 2014

Abstract

The power of information and communication technology in information dissemination cannot be overemphasized. ICTs are the new technologies that have significantly changed today’s landscape by being a driving force that stimulates developmental change in digital age. This great transformation has served as a tool for information dissemination in the world and has carried information on family planning and birth control to Nigerian citizens. This study is therefore an attempt at examining the application of ICTs in family planning and birth control in Awka-South L.G.A, of Anambra State. The technological determinism theory formed the theoretical framework  for the study. Survey method was employed in the study and a sample size of 200 residents of Awka-South L.G.A. was randomly selected through a multi-stage sampling technique. The findings of the study indicate that respondents agree that they are aware that information and communication technologies have helped in the dissemination of relevant information on family planning in Nigeria particularly in urban centres  which the  Awka - South L.G.A represents. The study thus recommends that ICTs should be massively deployed to disseminate relevant messages on issues such as contraceptives alternatives, distended family size, and female genital mutilation among others that have the potential of destroying family hood. Ultimately, the redress of these challenges would rebound to the cohesion and progress of the average urban family.

Key words: ICTs, Family planning, application, birth-control.