MU Digital Repository
Logo

Evaluation of knowledge and awareness about the ebola virus disease among the medical undergraduate students: a cross‑sectional study

Abhinitha, P and Yusof, Camelia Putri Binti and Sinniah, Shaktesh Shanmugam Muthusamy and Kumar, Naveen (2017) Evaluation of knowledge and awareness about the ebola virus disease among the medical undergraduate students: a cross‑sectional study. Journal of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, 12 (2). pp. 89-92. ISSN 0974-3901

[img] PDF
00003139.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (739kB) | Request a copy

Abstract

Introduction: Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a fatal illness and it can be transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population by human‑to‑human transmission. Proper awareness of viral infection is necessary for both general population and medical professionals in minimizing the rate of mortality of the infected individual. The current cross‑sectional study has been undertaken to evaluate the level of awareness about EVD in medical undergraduate students at their early academic curriculum. Materials and Methods: A total of 282 MBBS students of Malaysian origin studying in India were included in the study. Faculty‑validated close‑ended questionnaire was designed which comprised the questions related to general and medical‑related aspects of Ebola virus. Results: Overall knowledge on EVD was moderate (score 2) with a majority of students (59%) followed by 35% of students having a low level (score 1) of awareness and only minimal number (6%) of students having an adequate level of awareness (score of 3). Conclusion: Overall knowledge about EVD among the medical undergraduate students at their preliminary curricular stages was in a satisfactory range with a score of 2. Nevertheless, their awareness of medical perspectives of EVD is comparatively more than that of general aspects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Awareness; Ebola virus; Ebola virus disease; medical undergraduate.
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Anatomy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 11:07
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/149669

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item