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Table 1 Observed conditions of the cold chain status in health facilities (n = 40, including 8 districts health services (DHS) and 32 integrated health centers (IHC)) in Cameroon, December 2008

From: Program on immunization and cold chain monitoring: the status in eight health districts in Cameroon

Observed conditions of the cold chain status in health facilities Number of health facilities (%)
Total DHS IHC P value*
Availability of at least one functional refrigerator in health facilities 28 (70.0) 8 (100.0) 20 (62.5) 0.0404
Availability of at least one functional freezer in health facilities 9 (22.5) 6 (75.0) 3(9.4) 0.0005
Access to power supply
    At least one source 34 (85.0) 8 (100.0) 26 (81.3) 0,2361
    The power simply was permanent (total with power supply =34) 7 (20.6) 0 (0.0) 7 (26.9) 0.0900
    Sources of power supply
        Electricity as main source 21(61.8) 8 (100.0) 13 (50.0) 0,0112
        Gas as main source 12 (35.3) 0 (0.0) 12 (46.2) 0.0176
        Kerosene as main source 01(2.9) 0 (0.0) 01(3.8) 0.7647
Temperature recording
    Temperature recording sheets pasted on refrigerators (total with refrigerators = 28) 27 (96.4) 8 (100.0) 19 (95.0) 0.0900
    Thermometer available in refrigerators 27 (96.4) 7(87.5) 20(100.0) 0.1071
    Temperature properly recorded (complete ad update) 16 (40.7) 5(71.4) 11 (55.0) 0.0872
    Refrigerators with temperature within the recommended range (2-8°C) at the moment of observation 20 (70.1) 5 (71.4) 15(75.0) 0.3321
Proper storage of vaccines in the refrigerator 22 (78.6) 5 (62..5) 17 (85.5) 0.0392
Proper parking of ice packs in refrigerators 13 (46.4) 2 (25.0) 11 (55.0) 0.0314
Refrigerators with vaccine vial monitor that has change 3 (10.7) 1 (12.5) 2 (10.0) 0.1146
Refrigerators with other product than vaccine, diluents and ice packs 8 (28.6) 4 (50.0) 4 (20.0) 0.0235
  1. * P value obtained from Fisher Exact Test.