Knowledge attitude practice study on pulse polio immunization in mangalore, dakshina Kannada district, karnataka

Nitin Joseph, S. H. Subba, M. Shashidhar Kotian

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Government of India launched PPI in 1995 to eradicate polio by the end of 2000. Despite this 733 cases were reported last year alone. There is a need to understand the reason behind high number of cases being reported even after so many years of programme implementation. This study was therefore conducted to assess knowledge of people about polio and PPI, their attitude and practice towards PPI. This cross sectional study was done in Mangalore city of Karnataka. Only houses having under five children were taken for the study. Data was collected by interviewing any adult member of the household using a pretested questionnaire. Out of 100 participants 99 were literates but only 11 knew the correct mode of transmission of polio. Twenty seven had misconception that polio is a curable disease. Only 40 participants knew that polio drops can be given to children even with mild illnesses. Few (2%) participants felt that PPI causes vaccine overdose and 8 participants thought PPI to be a substitute for routine immunization. This study identified few important misconceptions associated with polio and PPI. This needs to be addressed by large scale awareness campaigns in order to eradicate polio in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Communicable Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Infectious Diseases

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