ROLE OF HEALTH AWARENESS IN PROMOTING MEASLES IMMUNIZATION AND ELIMINATION OF THE DISEASE.
Dr. Mohamed Osman Elamin Bushara, Prof Hatim Rahimtullah, Dr.Khalid Haron Fadl, Asma Mukhtar Abdu Al-Kharim, Samira Elshiekh AbdeElraheem and Fatima Ali Mohammed
The descriptive cross sectional study conducted in Khartoum state, Karrari locality among mothers to study the awareness role in promoting Measles immunization and elimination of the disease. The target population consists of mothers having children less than five years old, 192 mothers were selected for the study through the Questionnaire which was designed to gain the requested information. The study revealed that the socioeconomic level of targeted group is generally low which is associated with lack of awareness, knowledge of the mothers towards immunization against measles is high (82%), but the awareness on the role of the vaccination on protecting against the disease is relatively low (40%). It has been concluded that the low socioeconomic status, gab of information on measles vaccination importance in addition to the weak health education activities leads to low coverage of measles immunization in the targeted area leading to raising risk factors of higher prevalence of measles in the area. The study recommended that Ministry of health must conduct extensive health education campaign targeting mothers with basic information on the importance of measles vaccination in the protection against the disease, in addition to that immunization from house to house using family cards should be followed so that to ensure all children has been vaccinated in the area.
Keywords: Measles, Vaccination, Awareness.
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