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Polio Endemic: Perceptions and Practices from Sohan Village, Islamabad

Abid Ghafoor Chaudhry, Aftab Ahmed and Umer Hayat
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Abid Ghafoor Chaudhry: Associate Professor/Chairman, Department of Anthropology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan,
Aftab Ahmed: PhD Fellow, Department of Sociology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Umer Hayat: Student, Department of Anthropology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.

Global Political Review, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, 62-71

Abstract: Pakistan is a polio endemic country as stated by Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Number of polio cases increased in last few years especially in KPK and tribal areas. Present study was focused to collect opinion regarding information, perception and practices about polio among residents of village Sohan. A sample of 100 was interviewed. Data was entered and analyzed in SPSS. A dominant majority consider polio is treatable. Vaccination helps to get healthy and, risk increased by lack of immunization. Practices represent that 94% vaccinated their children, 89% cooperated with polio teams at the time of survey, and 35 parents reported that they refused polio teams at least once in their life. Study concludes that awareness, perception and practices regarding sensitivity of the topic are very much clear to respondents, and majority fulfilling their responsibilities being a parent and also being a citizen of Pakistan.

Keywords: Polio; Polio Eradication; Polio Vaccination; Poliomyelitis; Polio and Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.31703/gpr.2020(V-I).08

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