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Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Towards Tuberculosis Among Clients Visiting Tepi General Hospital Outpatient Departments, 2019

Authors Angelo AT, Geltore TE, Asega T

Received 17 October 2020

Accepted for publication 9 December 2020

Published 21 December 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 4559—4568


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Suresh Antony

Abiy Tadesse Angelo,1 Teketel Ermias Geltore,2 Tagay Asega3

1Department of Nursing, Mizan Tepi University, Mizan Aman, Ethiopia; 2Department of Midwifery, Wachamo University, Durame, Ethiopia; 3Nursing Department, Tepi General Hospital, Tepi, Ethiopia

Correspondence: Abiy Tadesse Angelo Email

Background: Tuberculosis, which is an infectious disease, is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Ethiopia is facing high tuberculosis burdens. Even if it is preventable and curable, individuals’ KAP towards the disease is one of the bottlenecks in decreasing the disease burdens. TGH, located in the Sheka zone, is one of the remote areas and the KAP towards TB is unknown. Therefore, the current study was undertaken in TGH to assess the KAP towards TB.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 415 randomly selected participants. A structured questionnaire was used to collect the data by a face-to-face interview from May 23 to June 23/2019. Data were entered into Epidata 3.1 and exported to SPSS version 21 for descriptive analysis.
Results: A total of 345 (83%) respondents have heard about TB, while 76 (18%) respondents said persistence productive cough as symptoms of tuberculosis. Only 9.9% of participants mentioned bacteria as the cause of the diseases and 170 (41%) considered that the transmission is via air droplets. The majority (70%) of participants responded that its transmission is not preventable and overall 236 (56.9%) had high overall knowledge about TB. Thirty percent of the respondents considered that TB is serious to the area while 29% considered TB is not very serious for them. Fifty-three percent of the participants were having a favorable attitude towards tuberculosis. The majority (85%) did not cover their mouth while coughing, while 79.5% did not screen for tuberculosis and 82% of participants have not received any health education about TB. Overall, 44.6% practiced TB prevention.
Conclusion: The majority of the study participants had high overall knowledge and positive attitude towards tuberculosis prevention, which are not seen in the practice of tuberculosis. Effective educational programs should be implemented to overcome the problem.

Keywords: knowledge, attitude, practice, tuberculosis, Tepi

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