PERCEPTIONS, ATTITUDES, AND RESPONSES TO DENGUE EARLY WARNING AMONG URBAN COMMUNITY IN KUALA LUMPUR

  • Leong Yu Kai Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Chai Yan Yu Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Kok Piao Yee Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Siti Nazihah Abdullah Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Tan Qing Hang Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Aida Rahimi Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mohd Syafiq Yusop Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Fatin Zahidah Ismail Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Nik Daliana Nik Farid Centre for Population Health, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Lim Sin How Centre for Population Health, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Rafdzah Ahmad Zaki Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence-based Practice, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Keywords: Perceptions, attitudes, responses, urban, dengue early warning

Abstract

Dengue early warning system, based on many different factors including climatic factors, is likely to be a useful tool for predicting dengue cases. This study aims to assess the perceptions, attitudes, and responses to dengue early warning among a sample of residents in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as the factors associated with their willingness in participating dengue prevention public activity. A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted among residents of Titiwangsa District, Kuala Lumpur. A structured questionnaire was administered via face-to-face interview. About 75% of the respondents perceived dengue early warning as a useful tool for the community to take preventive measures. However, more than half did not know elevated temperature increases dengue cases. More than 80% wanted to know more how climate can be used to predict dengue outbreak. Willingness of participating in dengue control public activity was associated with age (p<0.001), educational level (p=0.005), perception (p<0.001), and attitude (p<0.001). Perception towards dengue early warning was positive among the urban residents. Majority of the participants reported good attitude with regard to dengue early warning while a minority demonstrated a poor response. Educational level, perception, and attitude are significantly associated with willingness to engage in dengue prevention public activity.

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Published
2019-10-01
How to Cite
Leong Yu Kai, Chai Yan Yu, Kok Piao Yee, Siti Nazihah Abdullah, Tan Qing Hang, Aida Rahimi, Mohd Syafiq Yusop, Fatin Zahidah Ismail, Nik Daliana Nik Farid, Lim Sin How, & Rafdzah Ahmad Zaki. (2019). PERCEPTIONS, ATTITUDES, AND RESPONSES TO DENGUE EARLY WARNING AMONG URBAN COMMUNITY IN KUALA LUMPUR. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 19(2), 149-159. Retrieved from http://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/292