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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-7

Missed opportunities for immunisation in children.

Dept. of Comm. Medicine, R.G. Kar Medical College, Calcutta

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A B Biswas
Dept. of Comm. Medicine, R.G. Kar Medical College, Calcutta

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All opportunities for immunisation in children should be utilised properly, as sustaining high levels of full immunisation coverage is essential to meet the goal of eradication of poliomyelitis as well as control the other vaccine-preventable diseases; yet many opportunities for immunisation are missed in all types of health facilities, even in teaching hospitals. Reducing such missed opportunities is the cheapest way to increase immunisation coverage. The present study discusses the problem of missed opportunities for immunisation in children in Paediatric Outpatient Department and Immunisation Clinic of R.G. Kar Medical and Hospital, Calcutta and the underlying factors of the problem. Prevalence of missed opportunities in Paediatric OPD and Immunisation clinic was 37.8% and 1.4% respectively. Most of the missed opportunities were attributed to health care providers and delivery system of health care of the studied hospital.

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