The Understanding of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Among Medical Practitioners of Karachi, Pakistan
AbstractThe World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the large West African Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak to be a community health disaster of global concern, and the spread of disease demands a synchronized response. Medical practitioners have an increased risk of contracting the disease as compared to others as they are directly exposed to patients’ blood or fluids. This study evaluated the knowledge of medical practitioners in Karachi regarding EVD. It was descriptive and exploratory in nature and took place over a period of 4 months, i.e., August 2016 to November 2016. The respondents were randomly selected by convenience sampling and surveyed with a 20-item questionnaire. Overall, 403 questionnaires were included in the study and a response rate of 80.6% was achieved. The majority (56.3%) considered themselves to be somewhat knowledgeable; females had more knowledge as compared to male (p < 0.003). More than 80% knew about the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Interestingly, the findings revealed that respondents’ knowledge about diagnosis and identification of EVD is good. Respondents considered EVD a severe disease and emphasized on the need for protective measures when contacting affected patients. Interventions should be tailored to focus on areas where respondents showed a lack of knowledge about the disease. View Full-Text
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Shakeel, S.; Iffat, W.; Naqvi, A.A.; Ahmed, F.; Usmani, S.; Mazhar, M.; Nisar, A. The Understanding of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Among Medical Practitioners of Karachi, Pakistan. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2017, 2, 16.
Shakeel S, Iffat W, Naqvi AA, Ahmed F, Usmani S, Mazhar M, Nisar A. The Understanding of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Among Medical Practitioners of Karachi, Pakistan. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2017; 2(2):16.Chicago/Turabian Style
Shakeel, Sadia; Iffat, Wajiha; Naqvi, Atta A.; Ahmed, Fouzia; Usmani, Shugufta; Mazhar, Manahil; Nisar, Ayesha. 2017. "The Understanding of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Among Medical Practitioners of Karachi, Pakistan." Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2, no. 2: 16.
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