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Title: Knowledge, attitude and practice of Malaria prevention among the residents of Drobo in the Jaman South Municipal of the Brong Ahafo Region Ghana
Authors: Appiah Agyemang, Obed
Okyere, Paul
Keywords: Knowledge
Behaviors and practice
Malaria prevention
Jaman South Municipal
Brong Ahafo Region
Issue Date: 18-Nov-2020
Abstract: Malaria is one of the major public health problems in Ghana. It is one of the leading cause of death and morbidity in this country especially in children and pregnant women. The disease also has a significant negative impact on socio-economic development where it serves as a major area of diversion of resources and reduction in productivity. It is for this reasons why malaria prevention and control has become one of the top most priority of the country. There several methods of malaria prevention in Ghana. Popular among these are, insecticide treated bed net, insect repellant agents such as sprays, coils and creams, wearing of protective clothes and improvement in environmental sanitation. The main objective of the study was to access the knowledge of the community with regards to malaria and malaria prevention and determine which method they employ for malaria prevention A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out between the months of March to April 2018 among residents of Drobo in the Jaman south municipal. A sample size of 200 was chosen out personal judgement. Participants were sampled conveniently using standard questionnaire as a data collection tool. The results obtained was analyzed using SPSS. A total of 63 males and 137 females were involved in the study. 99.5% of respondents have awareness with regards to malaria. The main source of information on malaria were health professionals and the media with a percentage of 52.5% and 43% respectively. Majority of respondents represented by 71.3% use insecticide treated nets, 10.6% use insecticide spray, 4.4% use mosquito coils, 0.6% use insect repellant creams, 5.6% use other methods and 6.3% didn’t use any method. The conclusions made from the study is that, majority of the people in the municipality are aware of malaria and also are involve in the practice of malaria prevention. Secondly, majority of the people use insecticide treated bed nets as their method of malaria prevention. Other methods which were significantly used by the people were insecticide spray and mosquito coil. It is therefore recommended that, the policy of free distribution of insecticide treated net should be strengthened Secondly, there should be a subsidization on the prices of mosquito sprays and coils to enable individuals obtain them at low cost.
Description: A dissertation presented to the Department of Community Health, School of Medicine and Dentistry, College of Health Sciences Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of MB CHB Degree, 2019.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13249
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