Level of Awareness and Precautionary Practices regarding Dengue Fever among Nomads

Author: Aalyia Bibi 

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Phil

Year:2010-2012

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The present study examined level of awareness, precautionary practices and the satisfaction regarding steps taken by the government to control dengue fever in nomadic people. Qualitative research design was used and sample comprised of 50 household heads (27 Males and 23 Females) Data was gathered through individual interviews. Participants ranged in ages between 18-65 years. Indigenous self-structured tool was used for data collection. Word Repetitions Technique and Key Word in Context Technique were used to analyze qualitative data. The findings indicated that all participants were aware of dengue fever, fever was the most commonly reported symptom, majority considered plants/vegetation as the common breeding site for the dengue mosquito; and they considered night time was the most frequent dengue bite time. The nomads had been using mosquito coil and dhoni as mosquito repellents. Majority had TV and it was reported as the major source of information. Dengue fever had changed half of the respondents’ lives. Public hospitals and camp facility had been utilized by the majority in case of a relative had dengue fever. Half of the nomadic people were satisfied with the treatment facilities provided at the hospitals though they also had complaints about the government. Significant relationship was found between extent of knowledge about preventive measures and common preventive practices. The findings revealed that gender and employment status had significant association with preventive practices against dengue. It can be concluded that nomads are comparable with common public with regards to information about symptoms, precautionary practices and treatment of dengue fever.

Keywords: awareness, nomads, precautionary practices, dengue fever.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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