Title

Assessing the need for training: general practitioners knowledge, attitude and practice concerning dengue and malaria in Karachi, Pakistan

Document Type

Article

Department

Pathology and Microbiology

Abstract

Changing environmental conditions have increased the transmission period for both dengue and malaria. Annual incidence of malaria in 2006 alone was 247 million cases leading to nearly 881 000 deaths; whereas another 50 to 100 million dengue infections, associated with an overall mortality of 2.5%, are expected each year. In Pakistan, like many developing nations with endemic malaria, an empirical clinical diagnosis is usually made, due to a lack of resources and availability of diagnostic facilities. Since both diseases are endemic in the same population and presenting symptoms are similar a thorough knowledge of both diseases is essential for improving diagnosis on clinical grounds. Thus our study aims were to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices of family medicine practitioners with regard to dengue and malaria and thereby assess the need for further training. Ninety consenting general practitioners (GPs) in different towns of Karachi, Pakistan were administered an extensive questionnaire of 50 questions regarding their knowledge, attitudes and practices on management of dengue and malaria. The authors concluded that despite possessing basic knowledge of the disease, the majority of GPs in the area needed training regarding both diseases and their management. Key targets identified for training programs included clinical diagnosis and management of endemic vector borne diseases.

Publication

International Health