HEPATITIS B VIRUS AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: A STUDY ON LEVELS OF AWARENESS IN UNIVERSITIES ACROSS KARACHI

  • Mukkaram Ali Department of Forensic Medicine, Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Fauzia Imtiaz Department of Biochemistry, Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Muhammad Ahsan Rehman Khan Student, Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Zaeem-ur-Rehman Khan Student, Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Bilal Ahmad Student, Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Muhammed Umer Student, Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Soubia Akhtar Student, Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Tayyaba Naeem Malhi Student, Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences
Keywords: Hepatitis B, Awareness, Undergraduate, Students, Medical, Non-medical

Abstract

Background: To assess awareness levels of Hepatitis B virus infection, transmission, treatment and prevention in medical and nonmedical students of Karachi.
Methods: Undergraduate students in 6 medical and non-medical universities were randomly approached to fill out a questionnaire. A sample size of 530 students was collected and data was analyzed using SPSS 20 software and chi square tests for significance.
Results: Of the 530 students interviewed, 361(68.1%) and 169(31.9%) were identified as medical and non-medical students respectively. Significantly greater knowledge on modes of transmission were noted in medical students as well as overall levels of awareness of Hepatitis B virus, (p=0.001) and (p=0.003) respectively.
Conclusion: Both medical and non-medical students showed a moderate level of awareness of Hepatitis B virus, its modes of transmission, treatment and preventive measures. Medical students showed an overall greater level of awareness.

Published
2018-08-05
How to Cite
Ali, M., Imtiaz, F., Khan, M. A., Khan, Z.- ur-R., Ahmad, B., Umer, M., Akhtar, S., & Malhi, T. (2018). HEPATITIS B VIRUS AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: A STUDY ON LEVELS OF AWARENESS IN UNIVERSITIES ACROSS KARACHI. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 8(2), 75-79. Retrieved from https://pjph.org/index.php/pjph/article/view/126