Knowledge, attitude and Practice on cholera epidemic in AL-Diwaniya Province

Fatima A. Alkhaledi

Al-Qadisiyah Medical Journal مجلة القادسية الطبية
ISSN: 18170153 Year: 2016 Volume: 12 Issue: 22 Pages: 98-105
Publisher: Al-Qadisiyah University جامعة القادسية


Cholera is an acute bacterial enteric disease characterized in a severe form by sudden onset, profuse painless watery stool (rice water stool) 1, nausea and profuse vomiting early in the course of illness. In untreated case, rapid dehydration, circulatory collapse, hypoglycemia in children, and renal failure can lead to death.The aim of study was to get the level of Knowledge, practice and attitude of the population of Al-diwaniya Province and their relation with them socio-demographic characteristics.Cross sectional study from 1st November 2015 to 1st march 2016 to get the knowledge, attitude and practice of dewaniyah population by interviewing them and filling the questionnaire excluding who worked in health sectors. The results of study showed significant impact of level of education on the knowledge score in such a way that the higher the educational level, the better the knowledge; this finding agrees with Wahed T. et al. (2013) 1. This significant association may be explained by better understanding for disease process experienced by well-educated person and the more scientific thinking of those persons about disease prevention and treatment. The educated persons were less affected by faulty knowledge presented by the society and general media like facebook and other social media technology.National educational programs should be adopted by health authorities to satisfy two objectives; the first being global insight focused on the communicable diseases and the second being a fight against misleading knowledge adopted by uncontrolled media.