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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2018

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Malaria
District Hospitals
India
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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