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Table 1 Availability and functioning of cold chain materials and equipment

From: Factors associated with the exposure of vaccines to adverse temperature conditions: the case of North West region, Cameroon

Equipment and resources Frequency (%)
Total DHS (n = 8) IHC (n = 40) Others (n = 17)
Vaccine refrigerator (n = 65)
 Present 57 (87.7) 8 (100.0) 36 (90.0) 13 (76.5)
 Functioning 53 (81.5) 8 (100.0) 32 (80.0) 13 (76.5)
Thermometer in functional refrigerators (n = 53)
 Present 51 (96.2) 8 (100.0) 30 (93.8) 13(100.0)
 Functioning 50 (94.3) 7 (87.5) 30 (93.8) 13 (100.0)
Temperature sheet on functional refrigerators (n = 53)
 Present 50 (94.3) 6 (75.0) 31 (96.9) 13 (100.0)
 Up-to-date 25 (47.2) 3 (37.5) 16 (50.0) 6 (46.2)
Cold chain contingency plan present (n = 57) 12 (21.1) 0 (0.0) 10 (27.8) 2 (15.4)
National immunization guidelines present (n = 65) 41 (63.1) 5 (62.5) 28 (70.0) 8 (47.1)
One personnel assigned to monitor cold chain (65) 50 (76.9) 8 (100.0) 28 (70.0) 14 (82.4)
Power sources (n = 65)
 Electricity 53 (81.5) 8 (100.0) 30 (75.0) 15 (88.2)
 Presence of at least two sources 41 (63.1) 4 (50.0) 24 (60.0) 13 (76.5)
Cold boxes/vaccine carriers present 65 (100.0) 8 (100.0) 40 (100.0) 17 (100.0)
Presence of icepack 65 (100.0) 8 (100.0) 40 (100.0) 17 (100.0)
  1. Italic values indicate statistical significance (p ≤ 0.05).