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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 4134-4138

Barriers to childhood vaccination as perceived by accredited social health activists and multipurpose health workers in Mewat, Haryana (India): A qualitative research

1 Department of Community Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Govt Medical College, Nalhar, Mewat, Haryana, India

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Dr. Arun Kumar
Department of Community Medicine, Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Govt Medical College, Nalhar, Mewat - 122 107, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.293044

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Background: As compared to other parts of the country, vaccination coverage and literacy rate in district Mewat, State Haryana (India) had been low, that is, 20.8–27% and 54%, respectively. National immunization program of the country was being implemented primarily through the field workers, and accredited social health activists (ASHAs) were one of the key grass root level link workers. Aims: Hence, this study was carried out with the objective to identify barriers to childhood vaccination by field staff in field practice area of SHKM Govt Medical College Nalhar, Mewat as perceived by ASHAs and health workers. Methods and Material: The current study was a qualitative research which was conducted in the field practice area attached to SHKM Government Medical College Nalhar Mewat. Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were carried out among health workers (MPHW-F/M) and ASHAs. Statistical analysis used: None. Results and Conclusions: The barriers to childhood vaccination as identified in the study are pain during vaccination and other side effects, additional expenditure on treatment of side effects, worsening of interpersonal relations of the functionaries (workers/ASHAs) with the beneficiaries, extra work burden, unawareness of the benefits of vaccination, myth/belief of potential risk of impotency in adulthood, denial by elders, lack of cash benefits, inaccessibility to vaccination services due to remote work places, people's beliefs in supernatural causes of childhood diseases, delayed BCG vaccination, etc., The barriers to childhood vaccination from the perspective of ASHAs and health workers are explored and identified which can be utilized in tailoring the efforts and strategies to improve the vaccination coverage.

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