Evaluation of Household Perception about Polio Immunization, Prior and After the Direct Supervision of District Administration in Karachi


  • Syed Saif-ur-Rehman
  • M. Abu Zar Wajidi




Polio Immunization, Vaccination, District administration, National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP), Karachi.


Objective: To compare the change in the household  perception  about  supplementary  polio  immuniza- tion to eradicate polio, prior and after taking special interest of the district administration Karachi from 2012 to 2016.

Methods: The study was conducted in the  District  Central,  Karachi,  about  household  perception  of  polio immunizationon May, 2015 and April 2016. A total of 350 participants were enrolled in this study through non-probability consecutive sampling  technique  by  healthcare  workers  visiting  the  household  for supplementary polio immunization activities (SIAs). The perception of head of the families whether    male or female with children were participated in this study. Study participants were enrolled after in- formed consent, inquired about the  polio  immunization  team  visits,  access  to  immunization  informa-  tion (means of knowing health information),  belief  in  the  vaccination  and  knowledge  of  polio.  The  study participant's confidentiality  and  anonymity  were  maintained  throughout  the  research  process.  The data collected was analyzed using SPSS version 21 (10 BM).

Results: The results were analyzed and compared with before and after the direct supervision of district administration of Karachi i.e 2012 and 2016, the results of the study indicated that the polio im- munization team visits has been increased by 14%  (67%  to  81%);  polio  immunization  information  access increased by 5% (67% to 72%) as responded by respondents. Moreover, according to respon-   dents the knowledge and awareness in polio vaccination has increased by 13% (55% to 68%), while the belief on polio vaccine has increased to 11% (63% to 74%).

Conclusion:   In the central district of Karachi the household perception regarding polio immunization  team visits, information access, knowledge and belief on Polio vaccine has increased significantly after the direct supervision of district administration Karachi.

Author Biographies

Syed Saif-ur-Rehman

Department of Public Administration Karachi Metropolitan Corporation

M. Abu Zar Wajidi

Faculty of Administrative and Management Sciences. University of Karachi