Factors influencing attendance to immunization sessions for children in a rural district of Ghana

Bosu, W K and Ahelegbe, D and Edum-Fotwe, E and Bainson, K A and Turkson, P K (1997) Factors influencing attendance to immunization sessions for children in a rural district of Ghana. Acta Tropica, 68 (3). pp. 259-267. ISSN 0001-706X

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Abstract

Improving immunization coverage is vital to promoting child health and reducing childhood diseases and deaths. In spite of being actively promoted as a major public health intervention for national development since the late 1970s, immunization coverage in Ghana remains low. We investigated factors that influence attendance to immunization sessions in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem District of Ghana. The major factors hindering attendance were poor knowledge about immunization, lack of suitable venues and furniture at outreach clinics, financial difficulties, long waiting times, transport difficulties, poorly motivated service providers and weak intersectoral collaboration. The timing of immunization sessions, length of prior notice to the community, attitude of service providers and fear of side-effects generally did not deter attendance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Tropica
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2400/2405
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 126683
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2018 09:18
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 09:44
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/126683

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