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Scirj Volume VIII, Issue VIII, August 2020 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Determinants of Childhood Routine Immunization Coverage in Sokoto State, North West Nigeria.

Usman Tijjani

Abstract: Routine immunization contributes significantly in the reduction of childhood mortality among children through vaccination against preventable diseases in Nigeria, (WH0,2017). This study seeks to assess the determinants of Childhood Routine Immunization coverage in Sokoto State. Findings from the research study indicates that routine immunization coverage is still very low in Sokoto State when compared with the national target of 80% coverage (RI Strategic Plan 2013-2015). Also, this research discovered that about half of the children in Sokoto State, Nigeria are partially or not immunized at all. This clearly indicates that about half of children born in Sokoto State have not received pentavalent vaccine by the time they reach their first birthday. The challenges of immunization coverage in Sokoto State is attributed to Mothers/Caregivers inability to take their child to the health facility, unaware of immunization schedule, unaware of immunization need, absence of vaccinators, forgetfulness, no need felt, fear of AEFI, unaware of place and time, no faith/belief in immunization, lack of vaccines at the health facilities. The study recommends that government should make an extra effort to sensitize caregivers and counseled them on the significance of taking their children to health facilities for vaccination.

Reference this Paper: Determinants of Childhood Routine Immunization Coverage in Sokoto State, North West Nigeria. by Usman Tijjani published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VIII, Issue VIII, August 2020 Edition, Page 76-96 ".

Search Terms: Sub Saharan Africa, North west Nigeria, Sokoto State, coverage, routine immunization, routine immunization schedule, routine immunization coverage, vaccines, prevalence, determinants of routine immunization.

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