24Jul 2017

KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUTE AND PRACTICES ON SCABIES AMONG RELIGIOUS SCSHOOL (MADRASA) HOSTEL STUDENTS OF HELMAND PROVINCE AFGHANISTAN.

  • Jodhpur School of Public Health (JSPH) Maulana Azad University Jodhpur, India.
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Rational: Unhygienic living condition, poor sanitation, over crowed rooms, low level of knowledge of disease prevention, and poor sanitation puts more than 1300 madrasa students at risk of Scabies who are living as group in a dormitory. Student from Helmand and neighboring provinces are enrolled in this madrasa and are staying in dormitory for more than one year. The point prevalence rate of scabies in this school is 15%. This issues need attention/follow up and have great public health importance and to plan for improvement. Objective: The objective of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices about scabies in religious school (Madrasa) of Helmand province Afghanistan. Method: A descriptive cross-sectional study was performed. Specifically designed KAP questionnaire used. Consent letter signed with participants. Questionnaire was translated into local language. Ms. Excel used for data entry/analysis. Double entry of data completed. 10% of data cross checked for accuracy. The surveyors were trained on interview, data collection methods. 433 students randomly selected (33.3% of total). Results: More than 80% participants aged 10-20 years. 44% reported that they are informed about scabies, 56% do not know about scabies. 62.9% got the knowledge through mass media and 37.1% reported are informed through medical professional, family and friends. Scabies is serious (16%) not serious (24%) did not know about the seriousness (39%). Diseases spread through sharing cloth and blankets (44%). Conclusions: Low level of knowledge about the diseases (44%), public health workers should give priority to health education, media play good role in dissemination of information. Proper communication on scabies prevention through Radio (available in school and villages). Health workers to develop good network for support with the madrasa and communities in similar situations. People with scabies should be encouraged to seek medical help and avoid sharing cloths and blankets.


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[Ubaidullah Dawoodzada. (2017); KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUTE AND PRACTICES ON SCABIES AMONG RELIGIOUS SCSHOOL (MADRASA) HOSTEL STUDENTS OF HELMAND PROVINCE AFGHANISTAN. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (7). 1506-1514] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com


Dr Ubaidullah Dawoodzada
Jodhpur School of Public Health (JSPH) Maulana Azad University Jodhpur, India

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Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/4864       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/4864


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