IJCRR - vol 06 issue 05, March, 2014
PARA-MEDICAL STUDENTS' PERCEPTIONS REGARDING TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF ANIMAL BITES FOR PREVENTION OF RABIES
Author: Jahnavi R., Manjunath M., Mahendra B. J., Ananthachari K. R., Vinay M., Harish B. R., Nagaraja G. B., Subhas B. P., Anil K. K.
Background: Rabies continues to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is estimated that 55,000 people die annually due to rabies in the world. In India, about 17.4 million animal bites occurs and an estimated 20,000 deaths occur annually due to rabies. Majority of the bites occur among people living in rural areas. Para-medical health workers are important source of information regarding appropriate treatment for animal bite in countries like India where access to qualified doctors is limited. Objectives: 1. To assess the perceptions among paramedical students regarding diseases transmitted due to animal bites 2. The knowledgeabout treatment of animal bites and prevention of Rabies and 3. The knowledge about prevention of animal bites Methodology: This cross- sectional study was conducted in Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya in 2013. Para-medical students were administered a pretested, semi- structured questionnaire in the local language (Kannada). A total of 267 students participated in the study. Data was entered and analysed using Microsoft excel. Results: 195 (73.0%) of the para- medical students knew that rabies was transmitted by animal bites and 138 (51.7%) knew about bacterial infections. Only 31 (11.6%) of the students knew the correct and complete post exposure treatment for the prevention of rabies. 218 (81.6%) opined that not chasing the animal was the best way to prevent animal bite and 169 (63.3%) felt that not throwing stones at animal was the best way to prevent animal bite. Conclusion: The knowledge regarding treatment and prevention of animal bites for the prevention of rabies is lacking among the study population.
Keywords: Perceptions, animal bite, para medical students
Jahnavi R., Manjunath M., Mahendra B. J., Ananthachari K. R., Vinay M., Harish B. R., Nagaraja G. B., Subhas B. P., Anil K. K.. PARA-MEDICAL STUDENTS' PERCEPTIONS REGARDING TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF ANIMAL BITES FOR PREVENTION OF RABIES International Journal of Current Research and Review. vol 06 issue 05, March, 09-12
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