DETERMINATION OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES AND ROUTINE IMMUNIZATION AMONG MOTHERS IN UGWOGO NIKE ENUGU STATE .

AUTHOR: ANENE PERPETUA NZUBE

DEPARTMENT: HUMAN KINETICS AND HEALTH EDUCATION

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The purpose of the study was to determine the knowledge of vaccine preventable diseases and routine immunization possessed by mothers in Ugwogo-Nike. Vaccine preventable diseases impose serious challenges on the health, social and economic development of any family where they exist. New cases of these vaccine preventable diseases were being recorded in the area as reported by the Enugu East N.P.I Unit. An average mother is supposed to have adequate knowledge about these diseases and how to prevent them through routine immunization hence this study was designed to find out the knowledge of Ugwogo Nike mothers about vaccine preventable diseases and routine immunization.Six research questions and six hypotheses guided the study. A sample of 1,437 mothers of childbearing age was drawn by the use of cluster sampling technique. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire titled Knowledge of Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Routine Immunization. Its face and content validity were confirmed by three experts while the reliability co-efficient of the instrument was 0.92 using test retest method. The instrument was administered to the respondents personally by the researcher and her assistants and 1,232 copies were returned and used for data analysis. Means were used in answering the research questions while one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings among others showed that mothers of different age groups, occupation and educational levels differed significantly in their knowledge of vaccine preventable diseases and routine immunization. The researcher therefore concluded that since there is generally a fairly good knowledge of routine immunization, health education and health promotion are necessary. Implications of the study were highlighted and several suggestions for further studies were made. Based on the findings, several recommendations were made including that the Ministry of Health should strengthen planned information, education and communication activities to focus on counseling and communicating essential information.

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