ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICE TOWARD DENGUE FEVER AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA

Authors

  • Mohammed Abdelfatah Alhoot International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mohammed Abdalqader International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mustafa Fadil Mohammed International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mohanad R. Alwan International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Fuzia Elfituri Muftah Eltariki Post Graduate Centre (PGC), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Fatehah Munirah Aziz International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mohd Noorhelmi Bujang International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nurfitriana Ahmad Munir International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nur Iwani Abdul Rahim International Medical School (IMS), Management & Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, 40100, Selangor, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37557/gjphm.v3i1.76

Keywords:

Dengue Fever,, Malaysia,, knowledge, Attitude, Practice

Abstract

Introduction: Dengue fever is an acute febrile illness with a significant public health concern in tropical and subtropical countries. Population knowledge and practice play an essential role in the transmission and prevention of the disease. This study aims to evaluate the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding dengue fever among Malaysian university students. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in twenty-five randomly selected universities across Malaysia. A total of 1520 respondents were approached by simple random sampling method. A previously validated and published questionnaire was used with little modification. The associations between the level of knowledge, Attitudes, and practice with different risk factors were calculated statistically and the significant association was considered with a p-value <0.05. Results: The data were analysed and showed that most of the students (56.3%, 46.2%, and 43.3%) has a moderate level of knowledge, attitude, and practice respectively toward dengue infection among the respondents. The result shows a significant association between the level of practice and knowledge (p-value <0.001) as well as between the level of practice and attitudes (p-value <0.001). Conclusion: The significant association between the practice and knowledge along with attitudes indicates the more knowledge and attitudes lead to better practice. This study highlighted the important role of university students in dengue prevention-based programs. They should be exposed more to improve and transfer their knowledge and attitude to other community population to reduce the incidence of dengue not only in Malaysia but globally.

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Published

2021-03-01

How to Cite

Alhoot, M. A., Abdalqader, M., Mohammed, M. F. ., Alwan, M. R. ., Muftah Eltariki, F. E. ., Aziz, F. M., Bujang, M. N. ., Ahmad Munir, N. ., & Abdul Rahim, N. I. . (2021). ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICE TOWARD DENGUE FEVER AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA. Global Journal of Public Health Medicine, 3(1), 289–300. https://doi.org/10.37557/gjphm.v3i1.76

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