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Dengue awareness among faculty members of government college university, Faisalabad


Journal of Microbiology & Experimentation
Ramish Fatima Ali,1 Madiha Ejaz Khan,1 Maria Saleem,1 Muhammad Akram,1 Siham A. Salim2

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Abstract

Background: As Pakistan is a developing country with limited sources and overpopulation, facing problems like earthquakes, water shortages and floods has affected the health conditions of people of Pakistan. Dengue has been a grave problem in Pakistan due to the availability of no vaccine, insufficient sanitation system, presence of polluted water for drinking and overpopulation for a very long time but still each year there are dengue cases reported along with deaths caused by it. Even for being present for a very long time and being prevalent, there is lack of sufficient awareness in the people of Pakistan.
Aims: There are awareness studies conducted on various aspects of the population and in different areas but neither there are any studies conducted on faculty members nor consequently there are awareness programs based for the faculty members that are the source of knowledge for the society and specifically the newer generations. Thus, this study focused on determining the level of awareness in faculty members which might help in designing awareness programs for them later on. Method: The sampling technique used in this study was convenient sampling and the sample included 50 faculty members (men = 28, women = 21) from different departments of Government College University, Faisalabad. A self-constructed structured dengue awareness questionnaire was administered onto the participants i.e., the faculty members. Later on, the data obtained through these questionnaires were quantitatively analyzed and interpreted through the Statistical Package for Social Sciences SPSS version 26. Later on, the results were reported.
Results: The results of the study showed that 2% of the participants had poor level of dengue awareness, 64% of the participants had moderate or fair level of dengue awareness and 30% of the participants had level of dengue awareness. The results also showed that female faculty members had more dengue awareness as compared to male faculty members. Through the results it was also determined that the level of dengue awareness is greater in the faculty members of medical departments as compared to the faculty members of nonmedical departments.
Conclusions: This study provided an opportunity to determine the level of dengue awareness among the faculty members of Government College University, Faisalabad. The findings of this study showed that a moderate level of dengue awareness among the faculty members. Thus, the education awareness programs targeting the faculty member should be designed because these programs will not only educate the faculty members rather will become a cycle of information as these faculty members will later on become able to provide accurate information, knowledge and generate awareness in their students specifically and the community in general.

Keywords

Dengue awareness, inclusion, exclusion

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