Journal of Medicne and Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2141-9477) Vol. 4(8), pp. 311-318, August 2013. DOI: http:/dx.doi.org/10.14303/jmms.2013.095. Copyright © 2013 International Research Journals
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Assessment of knowledge and attitude towards Lassa fever among Primary care providers in an endemic suburban community of Edo state: implications for control
*Tobin EA1, Asogun DA1, Isah EC2, Ugege OG 1, Ebhodaghe P1
1Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.
2Department of Community Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State.
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The study set to assess the knowledge and attitude to Lassa fever among primary care providers. Structured questionnaires were administered to consenting primary care workers in Private and Primary health centres in Ekpoma. Data analysis was carried out using SPSS version 15. One hundred and thirty five (135) health workers participated in the study. One hundred and thirty one (97.0%) respondents had previously heard of Lassa fever. Overall knowledge of Lassa fever was poor for 51 (38.9%), and fair for 54 (41.2%) and good for 260 (19.8%). Hand gloves were stated as the most useful personal protective gear when dealing with a patient with Lassa fever. Fifty six (42.7 %) felt their level of knowledge was sufficient for them to safely and effectively handle a patient, 126 (96.4%) expressed their desire to know more about Lassa fever. The primary care health worker in a rural area is the one most likely to be the first point of call for persons seeking orthodox medicine. It is therefore essential that he is adequately informed about the disease, it’s presentation and prevention.
Keywords: Attitude, Endemic, Knowledge, Lassa fever, Primary care.
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