KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE TOWARDS DENGUE FEVER AMONG PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL TAIPING

  • Mohammed Abdelfatah Alhoot Medical Microbiology Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mohammed Faez Baobaid Community Medicine Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Anis Rageh Al-Maleki Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana’a University, Sana’a, Yemen.
  • Mohammed A. Abdelqader Community Medicine Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Lavannya A/P Rangas Paran Medical Microbiology Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Bavani A/P Kannaiah Medical Microbiology Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Kavitha A/P Balasingam Medical Microbiology Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mathuri A/P Appanu Medical Microbiology Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Paveetran A/L Bathmanathan Medical Microbiology Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Murugan A/L Maniam Medical Microbiology Unit, International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: Dengue fever, Malaysia, Hospital Taiping, Knowledge, Attitudes, Awareness, Practices

Abstract

Dengue fever is the most common vector-borne disease and major concern issues in Malaysia. Thus, the present study aimed to evaluate factors influencing knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding dengue fever among patients in Hospital Taiping. A total of 300 patients were incorporated into a descriptive, public based cross-sectional study. The questionnaires were formulated to include several questions on demographic data, knowledge, attitudes, and practices concerning dengue fever. Most of the respondents were from the age group of more than 35 (43.3%). The largest representations of the participants were Malay (59.3%), married (65.7%), SPM is the highest education level (53.3%), and 60.7% of the participants were conscious about dengue fever eruption. Television/radio was voted as the frequent source of information (97.3%). There is no significant relationship between knowledge score and socio-demographic factors. However, around 57.0% of the respondents believe that abdominal pain is not a symptom of dengue fever and 32% convinced that blood transfusion can transmit dengue. No significant correlation was found between attitude and practice score to socio-demographic characters. However, a good practice towards dengue fever is associated with good knowledge (65.4 %) nevertheless it did not influence their attitude. Moreover, the attitude seems to be poor regardless of knowledge level (44.0%). Therefore, more prevention practices to raise the awareness of population toward dengue fever such as health campaigns and health education in school level should be initiated. These activities will aid in fertilizing better attitude and prevention practice towards dengue fever and bring down its incidence in Malaysia.

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Published
2017-12-25
How to Cite
Mohammed Abdelfatah Alhoot, Mohammed Faez Baobaid, Anis Rageh Al-Maleki, Mohammed A. Abdelqader, Lavannya A/P Rangas Paran, Bavani A/P Kannaiah, Kavitha A/P Balasingam, Mathuri A/P Appanu, Paveetran A/L Bathmanathan, & Murugan A/L Maniam. (2017). KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE TOWARDS DENGUE FEVER AMONG PATIENTS IN HOSPITAL TAIPING. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 17(3), 66-75. https://doi.org/10.37268/mjphm/vol.17/no.3/art.223