Knowledge Among General Population of Rawalpindi, about Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)

  • Tariq Masood Khan Department of Administration , Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi
  • Nadeem Ikram Department of Pathology, Rawalpindi Medical College
Keywords: Knowledge, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, General Populati

Abstract

Background: To find out the awareness about Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) among residents of Rawalpindi Methods: In this descriptive cross sectional survey, participants from general population of Rawalpindi were included. The sample size for the study consisted of 300 individuals. The data was collected using a self structured pre tested questionnaire and was analyzed using SPSS 21.
Results: Majority of the participants in the study were males (79%). Regarding their educational status 55.7% were illiterate and almost 63% had heard previously regarding it and claimed to be having information regarding CCHF. Their sources of information were variable but the majority (25.3 %) got it through sources like friends, colleagues, warning posters, brochures etc. according to the people who were aware, 19.7% viewed its transmission from infected person and almost same number stated it to be transmitted by animal source, almost 13.3% labeled it as airborne, while 11% thought its transmission through ticks.
Conclusion: CCHF is a life threatening disease and has more chances to become prevalent in Pakistan . A meticulous multidisciplinary effort is required to manage the situation. Due to poor infrastructure, lack of education and limited access to health-related and livestock-related facilities, preventive measures are rare. The general population of rural and urban areas should have awareness about the signs and symptoms, mode of spread and seriousness of the disease.

Published
2018-09-30
How to Cite
Khan, T. M., & Ikram, N. (2018). Knowledge Among General Population of Rawalpindi, about Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College, 287-290. Retrieved from http://journalrmc.com/index.php/JRMC/article/view/936