Immunization and growth monitoring status of infants and mothers’ awareness regarding this issue in Bandar Abbas population in 2002

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Khatereh Mahouri 1 , * , Shahram Zare 2 , Farhad Khorami 3

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1 Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 Associate Professor Department of Community Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 General Practitioner, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

How to Cite: Mahouri K, Zare S , Khorami F. Immunization and growth monitoring status of infants and mothers’ awareness regarding this issue in Bandar Abbas population in 2002, Hormozgan Med J. 2006 ; 10(3):e90055.

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Hormozgan Medical Journal: 10 (3); e90055
Published Online: November 12, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 11, 2005
Accepted: November 12, 2006

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Abstract

Introduction: Immunization and growth monitoring (GM) are the most important
primary health cares (PHC) during infancy. Based on the results of national health
survey in Iran, Hormozgan province has one of the poorest indices in immunization
and GM in comparison with other provinces. The present study aimed at determining
the status of these two important indices in infants and mothers’ awareness and
cooperation of Bandar Abbas population laboratory (BPL).
Methods: According to a large population – based survey (population = 36830),
the immunization and GM status of all 714 infants were studied. The data were
gathered by interviewing them at their homes. Data were analyzed by Minitab
software and presented by descriptive indices
Results: 94.9% of all infants had received PHC cares and 98.5% of them had
health records in the PHC centers. 68.9% of mothers had some awareness of the
necessity of monthly monitoring of their infants. 77.7% of the cases had complete
GM charts but 12% had no GM charts at all. More than 45% of mothers had
enough awareness to the concept and importance of the above mentioned charts.
Over 94% of infants were immunized according to the national immunization
protocol. Unavailability of PHC centers was the chief cause incomplete
vaccination in the others.
Conclusion:. More than half of mothers did not have proper awareness to the
concept and importance of GM charts, thus education in this regard is essential.
More facilities are needed to achieve 100% immunization coverage. As most of
infants receive their PHC from public PHC centers, therefore effective training of
the health care providers in such centers is immensely important.

Keywords

Immunization – Growth – Population – Infant – Bandar Abbas

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