Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) Regarding Malaria and its Prevention among Patients with Suspected Malaria in Mangaluru

*, Rakshita Maskeri and Jain, Animesh and Ullal, Sheetal D and Shenoy, Damodara and Shenoy, Suchitra M and Rai, Sharada (2018) Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) Regarding Malaria and its Prevention among Patients with Suspected Malaria in Mangaluru. Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, 9 (9). pp. 271-276. ISSN 09760245

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Abstract

Background: Malaria continues to be a devastating disease in India and Mangaluru is endemic to malaria. The success of malaria control programmes has been directly proportional to the awareness in the community; hence this study has been conducted to assess patients’ knowledge, attitude and practices towards the disease and its prevention. Methodology: This is a cross-sectional study. Patients with suspected malaria attending the District hospital were included in the study. A validated questionnaire developed by the authors examined the respondent’s knowledge, attitude and prevention practices towards malaria. Results: Majority of the participants (89%) showed a reasonable knowledge of malaria including its mode of transmission and symptoms. Majority of the study population (81%) considered malaria to be a serious health problem, thus reflecting their attitude to the disease. However, only a small proportion of the participants (21%) stated that they use preventive measures every day. Conclusions: Despite having a reasonable knowledge of malaria and its preventive measures, there was a stark lack in practice of these measures, which is distressing. There is an urgent need to implement strategies to motivate communities to use of the available preventive measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaria, Mangaluru, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Microbiology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pathology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pharmacology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2018 07:24
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2018 07:24
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/152036

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