Knowledge of dengue disease amongst paramedical students of independent school of paramedics Faisalabad.

  • Rabia Arshad Usmani Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.
  • Aftab Nazir Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.
  • Marriam Nazir Allied Hospital, Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad.
  • Muhammad Umar Ghafoor Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.
  • Shahbaz Ahmad Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.
  • Shahbaz Baig Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.
Keywords: Dengue Fever, Dengue Knowledge, Dengue Prevention, Paramedics, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

Abstract

Objectives: To assess the knowledge of dengue disease cause, symptoms, prevention and management in Paramedical students of Independent School of Paramedics. Study Design: Descriptive cross sectional study Setting: Independent School of Paramedics Faisalabad. Period: From February till May 2018. Material & Methods: There were total of 140 paramedical students and all 140 paramedical students of Independent School of Paramedics were selected through convenience sampling technique. Data was collected through self-administered structured questionnaire after taking informed consent from all the participants. Questionnaire was adapted from already published studies. Knowledge of dengue was categorized as adequate (>80%), moderate (60-80%) and inadequate (<60%) depending upon the correct response for a particular question by study participants. Results: Knowledge on the transmission, symptoms of dengue and methods to prevent dengue was found to be adequate that is, 130 (92.9%), 113 (80.7%) and 122 (87.1%) respectively. Knowledge on cause of dengue 16 (11.4%), species of mosquito involved in transmission 30 (21.4%), likely time for mosquito to bite 32 (22.9%), dengue is preventable 77 (55%), and where to refer a dengue patient 77 (55%) was found to be inadequate. Moderate knowledge was found for route of transmission of dengue 109 (77.9%), natural habitat of mosquito 105 (75%) and medication for dengue 90 (64.3%). Conclusion: Overall knowledge on dengue symptoms and dengue prevention was found to be better than knowledge on cause of dengue and dengue management. This necessitates the comprehensive dengue educational program especially for dengue cause and dengue management for the paramedics.

Author Biographies

Rabia Arshad Usmani, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.

MBBS, DIP (Gynae/Obs), DIP (Child Health),

FCPS (Community Medicine)

Head Community Medicine

 

Aftab Nazir, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.

MBBS, MPH (Aus), MHHFM (Aus)

Assistant Professor Community Medicine

 

Marriam Nazir, Allied Hospital, Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad.

MBBS

House Office

 

Muhammad Umar Ghafoor, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.

MBBS, M.Phil

Assistant Professor Community Medicine

 

Shahbaz Ahmad, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.

MBBS, MPH

Associate Professor Community Medicine

 

Shahbaz Baig, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad.

MBBS, MPH

Associate Professor Community Medicine

 

Published
2020-03-10