KAP of Medical Students towards Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C- A questionnaire based study
Keywords:Hepatitis B , Hepatitis C, Knowledge
Background: Infection with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a problem of worldwide significance. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported HBV to infect nearly 2 billion people around the globe. Furthermore, out of those 2 billion, 350million suffered from chronic, lifelong infection. Medical students are particularly a high risk group as they are more prone to Hepatitis B and C infection due to cases of needle stick injury and exposure to patients suffering from hepatitis. Having enough knowledge and proper attitude towards these infections are cornerstones of preventing their spread. Health staff and medical students have the most important role in preventing the disease by improving the disease knowledge among them and the patients because medical students are in close contact with hepatitis patients during their study period and afterwards. Aim: To evaluate knowledge, attitude and practices towards Hepatitis B among medical students. and to evaluate knowledge, attitude and practices towards Hepatitis C among medical students. Materials and Method: A cross sectional study was carried on a total of 200 MBBS students. Informed consent was obtained from participants. Data was collected in pretested questionnaire specially designed for this purpose. Result: Knowledge and attitude of the medical students regarding Hepatitis B and C is fairly good.Conclusion: Sensitization of the medical students to the various aspects of the disease and vaccination through an active health education programme is crucial to control the spread of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
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