Information Needs of Working Class Women in Early Detection of Kidney Problem in Anambra State, Nigeria


  • Anthonia U Echedom Department of Library and Information Science Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
  • Ifeyinwa Nkechi Okonkwo Department of Library and Information Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.


Early Detection, Kidney problem Awareness, Information Needs, Working class Women


The research is a study of information needs of working class women in early detection of kidney problem. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The sample size consisted of seven hundred (700) respondents selected through proportionate stratified random sampling technique. Data obtained were analyzed using percentages and mean ratings. The major findings indicated that working class women still have need for information on early detection measures; especially low awareness on general facts about kidney problem. Working class women access information on kidney problem mainly through, television programme, radio programme, daily newspaper, telephone messages and internet. Working class women prefer certain media for effective information access on kidney problem such as internet, television programme,and library. The hindering factors on access to kidney problem information are all related to low priority given to the existence of such information on kidney problem, ignorance, inadequate information mechanism, lack of awareness on the existence of such information. The study recommends among others that creating awareness on kidney problem by the Federal Government and other significant bodies will ensure public awareness and mobilization for early detection or symptoms related to kidney problem.