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|Title: ||Uptake of immunization of children under- five among caregivers attending child-welfare clinic at the Barekese Health Centre|
|Authors: ||Kyereh, Dorothy|
Brempong, Emmanuel Appiah
|Keywords: ||Uptake of Immunization|
Barekese Health Centre
|Issue Date: ||16-Jul-2021|
According to the United Nations International Children‟s Emergency Fund (UNICEF,
2016) vaccines can prevent around one third of mortalities among children under 5.
Despite efforts by world organizations, governments and policy makers, this vision of
reducing child mortalities can be partly achieved if caregivers have thorough
understanding of the need to develop interest in immunizing their children against
childhood diseases. It is upon this goal of UNICEF that the researcher decided to assess
the knowledge and uptake of immunization of under-5 children among caregivers in
This cross sectional study was carried out on caregivers attending immunization
inBarekesse health center; a rural health facilities in Barekese. A total of 240 children
aged <5 years and their mothers or caregivers were included in the present study. Data
were collected by using a pre-tested, interviewer administered questionnaire. Bivariate
analysis was employed to identify factors associated with uptake of immunization and
multiple logistic regression analysis was performed for those factors that showed
statistically significant association in bivariate analysis and investigate independent
predictors by controlling for possible confounders and significances of all tests were
decided at p-value of 0.05.
Mean (±SD) age of the caregivers were 28.41 ±6.34 years. Sixty-five percentage
(65.00%) of caregivers had good knowledge on immunization. Knowledge level of
caregivers were significantly associated with uptake of immunization (AOR=3.52,
CI=1.89-6.57, p-value=<0.000). The topmost sources of information revealed byvi
caregivers were hospital/health centers/clinics and CHPS (97.08%), radio (37.92%) and
neighbors / relatives/friends (24.58%).Distance to health center (AOR=0.25, CI=0.08-
0.72, p-value=0.011) and work schedule of the caregivers (AOR=0.23, CI=0.09-0.58, pvalue=0.002) were significant perceived challenges to immunization uptake.
Vaccination is one of the most effective public health interventions. In the present study,
the researcher found that knowledge was a determinant of uptake of immunization.
Perceived challenges such as distance to the health center and work scheduled of
caregivers were also a significant challenge to immunization uptake|
|Description: ||A dissertation submitted to the School of Public Health, College Of Health Science, in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of Master of Public Health Family and Reproductive Health. November 2019|
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