Alfred and Alfred
Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 2 (1), pp. 012-018, January 2012
Manuscript Number: GJMS1203
Rural Households’ Perception of the Expanded Programme on Children Immunization (Epi) in the Southwest of Nigeria.
*S. D. Yomi Alfred and **B. E. Alfred
*Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Federal
University of Technology, Akure
**University Health Centre, Federal University of Technology, Akure
*Corresponding Author’s Email: yomialfred2003@ yahoo. com
The study was
carried out in the South West of Nigeria. Three states out
of six were selected namely; Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States.
Three Local Government Areas (LGAs) were randomly selected
from each State while two communities were sampled from each
LGA. In all, 18 communities were used for the study. From
each community, ten households were randomly interviewed
giving a total of 180 households. Data collected were
analyzed using frequency tables and percentages and also
Chi-square analysis. The study found that only 18 percent of
the respondents did not participate in Expanded Programme on
Immunization (EPI) while 56 percent had high participation.
Further finding showed that the respondents had favorable
attitude towards EPI, and as well, perceived it as
important. Furthermore, it was found that age, marital
status, household size and religion had significant
relationship with the respondents’ perception towards EPI.
It was recommended that the zero payment status for the
programme should be continued and the services of town
criers in the communities should be encouraged as rural
people placed much premium on information disseminated from
town criers as a form of reminder.
Key Words: Children, Households, Immunization, Perception, Rural.
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