Knowledge and Preventive Practices about Hepatitis B and C Virus Infection among Nursing Staffs and Paramedics in Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka

Authors

  • Md Abdul Hamid Deputy Contingent Commander, BANMED-6, MINUSCA, Central African Republic
  • Mohammed Ali Chowdhury MPhil Course (HMM), AFMI, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Saleh Mohammad Shahedul Islam Classified Specialist in Medicine & Gastroenterologist, CMH, Bogura, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jafmc.v16i1.53833

Keywords:

Preventive practice, Hepatitis B & C infection

Abstract

Introduction: Hepatitis B and C virus infections are important but mostly neglected public health problem in Bangladesh, although a large number of people are suffering from that illness. It is one of the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the country today.

Aim: To assess the level of knowledge and preventive practices regarding hepatitis B and C and to compare between the nursing staffs and paramedics in CMH, Dhaka.

Methods: This descriptive cross sectional study was carried out among 141 respondents; 60 nurses and 81 paramedics in CMH, Dhaka from July 2018 to December 2018. All the respondents were interviewed through an interviewer-administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed with SPSS 20. Chi-square test was used to see the level of significance.

Results: In this study, 57.4% paramedics had HSC or equivalent educational status, on the other hand among nursing staffs 39.0% had graduate or equivalent and 3.5% had masters or equivalent educational level. Knowledge and preventive practices about hepatitis B and C of nursing staffs was significantly (p<0.05) higher than paramedics. Preventive practice was significantly (p<0.05) associated with status of knowledge.

Conclusion: Overall knowledge and preventive practices were found to be acceptable in this study. Most of the nursing staffs and paramedics were at risk of hepatitis B & C. So, appropriate measures needed for further improvement of preventive practices by nursing staffs and especially paramedics.

JAFMC Bangladesh. Vol 15, No 1 (June) 2020: 54-57

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2021-06-07

How to Cite

Hamid, M. A. ., Chowdhury, M. A. ., & Shahedul Islam, S. M. . . (2021). Knowledge and Preventive Practices about Hepatitis B and C Virus Infection among Nursing Staffs and Paramedics in Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka. Journal of Armed Forces Medical College, Bangladesh, 16(1), 54–57. https://doi.org/10.3329/jafmc.v16i1.53833

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