Assessment of Bangladeshi Mothers’ Knowledge and Awareness on Childhood Tuberculosis: A Cross Sectional Study
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages: 309-315
Received: May 27, 2014; Accepted: Jun. 24, 2014; Published: Jul. 10, 2014
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AKM Fahmidul Haque, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology, ARA Estate, 69/E Kazi Biruttam Nuruzzaman Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Polashi, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Arif-uz-Zaman Khan, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology, ARA Estate, 69/E Kazi Biruttam Nuruzzaman Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Begum Lutfunnahar, Mymensingh Medical College, Chorpara, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Israt Jahan Mukti, Institute of Appropriate Technology (IAT), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Polashi, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tasmia Islam, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology, ARA Estate, 69/E Kazi Biruttam Nuruzzaman Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh; International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Dhaka, Bangladesh
Shovon Chakma, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mohammad Abdur Rahim Bhuiyan, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology, ARA Estate, 69/E Kazi Biruttam Nuruzzaman Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Governments Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital-Mirpur-14, Dhaka-1206
Md. Niajur Rahman, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology, ARA Estate, 69/E Kazi Biruttam Nuruzzaman Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Directorate General of Family Planning, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 6-Kawran Bazer, Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh
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Abstract
Tuberculosis (TB) is a shocking problem for the least developed and low income country like Bangladesh caused by M. tuberculosis, M. bovis, M. africanum, and M. microti infection with ID50 1-10. Bangladesh holding the 6th position among the 22 countries with highest TB burden and the incidence per 100,000 people was 220 in 2008. Even there is no estimation on the prevalence of childhood TB and is severely under-diagnosed. A descriptive type of cross sectional study was conducted to assess the mothers’ knowledge and awareness of TB and Childhood TB during September, 2013 to February, 2014 with the sample size 106. The study population was those, who came to outpatient department of the Bangladesh Government Homeopathic Medical College Hospital with age limit of between 18-35 years for treatment and had at least one child below five years. Among the respondents frustratingly 84% had no idea about childhood TB and they not even concerned about it where some of them said “Babies are the gift of Allah (God) and He has the responsibility to save the baby”. The analysis showed respondents’ with <25 years had more knowledge than >25 years age group (x2=1.91: P-value-0.l67). 55.3% Respondents had no idea about where to diagnose TB and the respondents with high literacy rate had significantly more knowledge about TB and Childhood TB than illiterate (x2=4.050: P-value-0.04). Analysis also showed housewives had relatively poor knowledge about TB and childhood TB (x2=0.0 19; P-value-0.891) and having income >9,000 taka/month had significantly more knowledge about TB and Childhood TB (x2=27.786; P-value-0.00l). The study findings suggested that the strategy of TB control should be more effective and target oriented than the other countries and should make a health intervention policy for Bangladesh to manage the infectious diseases.
Keywords
Tuberculosis Infection, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Childhood Tuberculosis, Bangladesh
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AKM Fahmidul Haque, Arif-uz-Zaman Khan, Begum Lutfunnahar, Israt Jahan Mukti, Tasmia Islam, Shovon Chakma, Mohammad Abdur Rahim Bhuiyan, Md. Niajur Rahman, Assessment of Bangladeshi Mothers’ Knowledge and Awareness on Childhood Tuberculosis: A Cross Sectional Study, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2014, pp. 309-315. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20140204.21
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