92% Nepalis think vaccines are safe

Kathmandu, June 19

Around 92 per cent people of the country think that vaccines are safe, finds a recent global health survey.

The Wellcome Health Global Monitor 2018, highlights that 88 per cent men and 96 per cent women of Nepal believe that vaccines do good to the kids.

However, the number of people aged 50 or above believing so is just 76 per cent, according to the report.

While preparing the report, the researchers had interviewed a sample of Nepali 1,000 people face to face.

The survey finds that South Asia has the highest number of people who believe in vaccines. Around 95 per cent of this region believe in vaccines, the highest in the world. Following that is Eastern Africa, where 92 per cent people believe in vaccines.

The report claims that the level of income and people’s trust in vaccines is inversely proportional. “In high-income regions, only 72 per cent of people in Northern America and 73 per cent in Northern Europe agree that vaccines are safe. In Western Europe, this figure is lower, at 59%, and in Eastern Europe is only 50%.”

The survey reached 14,000 people of 140 countries and covered topics such as whether people trust science, scientists and information about health, the levels of understanding and interest in science and health, the benefits of science, the compatibility of religion and science.

Published on June 19th, Wednesday, 2019 3:36 PM

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