A knowledge, attitude and practice study on registration of birth and death among the field practice area of department of community medicine B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
Dr. Sahil R Parmar, Dr. Arjunkumar H Jakasania, Dr. Dinesh M Rathod
Objectives: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in a field practice area of community medicine department, BJMC in Ahmedabad city to determine awareness, attitude and practice of birth and death registration and to identify predictors affecting their practice and to educate the study group about the same. Methods: A single adult person from each house was interviewed using semi-structured questionnaire in 153 houses selected by systematic random sampling in study area. Results: The study showed that awareness of birth registration was high but inadequate in the study population and the major source of information is through relatives/neighbors. The awareness of death registration is however comparatively low. Out of the 108(70) households that had children below 10 years, total number of children below 10 years are 178 and 112 (68) of them had their births registered and produced certificate during the interview. Of the 41 households that recorded deaths in the household within the last 10 years but only 12 (30) households reported registering deaths in the last 10 years. Conclusion: Registration of birth and death need to be complete for planning purpose, which is deficient as shown by this study. It is important to conduct further studies to identify ways forward towards improving birth and death registration in India.