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Pyrex Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology Research (PJMBR)

November 2017 Vol. 3(2), pp. 10-14

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Knowledge, Attitude and Perception of Secondary School Students on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Disease in Onitsha Metropolis, Anambra State, Nigeria


Okonkwo VO12*, Udeze HE1 and Ugochukwu VE2

1Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe, P.M.B 1734 Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
2Department of Statistic, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: victorchukwuzulum@yahoo.com

Accepted 23rd November, 2017



Abstract


Ebola hemorrhagic fever disease is a health problem in most countries in West Africa Nigeria inclusive. Knowledge, Attitude and Perception (KAP) of secondary school students in Onitsha metropolis about Ebola hemorrhagic fever disease were critically evaluated between April and July 2016. Structured questionnaire were used to obtain information from the students on their socio-demographic characteristics, KAP about causes, transmission and prevention of Ebola hemorrhagic fever disease. Ages of the students range from 13 and 19 years. Students had good general knowledge of Ebola viral disease 388 (65.8%) only 118 (20%) were able to associate Ebola with a virus, on mode of transmission and spread of Ebola viral disease; contact between infected human and animals 202 (34.2%), contact with the fluid of infected human and bush meat 148 (25.1%), contact with anybody 240 (40.7%). Three hundred and twenty (54.2%) believe that Ebola has no treatment option, 425 (72.3%) prefer treatment at home rather than visit hospitals or health facilities when they have fever. Knowledge of hand washing after defecation and public interactions was significant among the students. Health promotion and advocacy on Ebola hemorrhagic fever disease is very important in all secondary schools in the country to avoid repeat outbreak.

Keywords: KAP, Secondary School, Student, Ebola, Hemorrhagic Fever, Onitsha, Anambra State.

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