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Year : 2018 | Month : August | Volume : 12 | Issue : 8 | Page : BC29 - BC32

Comparative Study of Knowledge and Awareness about Leprosy among Medical College Students Pre and Post State Leprosy Sensitisation Program in Mewat, Haryana, India

Abhishek Sharma, Gini Garima, Nidhi Sharma, Sudhanshu Sharma, Nikita Singh, Prakriti Vohra, Sangeeta Singh

1. Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, SHKM, Government Medical College, Nalhar, Haryana, India. 2. Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, SHKM, Government Medical College, Nalhar, Haryana, India. 3. Demonstrator, Department of Microbiology, SHKM, Government Medical College, Nalhar, Haryana, India. 4. Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, SHKM, Government Medical College, Nalhar, Haryana, India. 5. Demonstrator, Department of Biochemistry, SHKM, Government Medical College, Nalhar, Haryana, India. 6. Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, SHKM, Government Medical College, Nalhar, Haryana, India. 7. Professor, Department of Biochemistry, SHKM, Government Medical College, Nalhar, Haryana, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Gini Garima,
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, SHKM, GMC, Nalhar, Nuh-122107, Haryana, India.
E-mail: ginigarima4@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction: Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease which still remains a serious public health problem causing various disabilities. The prevention of leprosy ultimately lies in the early diagnosis and awareness about the disease. Changing leprosy scenario has led to requirement of leprosy education among the health workers and health care providers. However, the knowledge of medical college students on leprosy remains unknown.

Aim: To assess the knowledge and awareness about leprosy among medical students pre and post state leprosy sensitisation program.

Materials and Methods: A questionnaire based, cross-sectional study was conducted among 135 medical students before the sensitisation and 107 medical students after sensitisation program, of different years starting from second year and onwards in the month of July 2017.

Results: Among the medical students, who participated in the study, 67% (90) of pre sensitisation students were male and 33% (45) of them were females and 65% (70) of post sensitisation students were male and 35% (37) of them were females. Increase in knowledge and awareness about leprosy was found among medical students of all years from SHKM Government Medical College post sensitisation program as compared to previous knowledge and awareness before sensitisation program.

Conclusion: These observations suggest that the basic and in-depth knowledge of medical studentsí pre and post sensitisation program shows significant difference in their knowledge and awareness about leprosy owing part of their curriculum and sensitisation program. However, there is still a need to organise sensitisation programs for health care providers at regular intervals for early diagnosis, prevention and better management.

Keywords

Awareness, Multidrug therapy, Social stigma

How to cite this article :

Abhishek Sharma, Gini Garima, Nidhi Sharma, Sudhanshu Sharma, Nikita Singh, Prakriti Vohra, et al.. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS ABOUT LEPROSY AMONG MEDICAL COLLEGE STUDENTS PRE AND POST STATE LEPROSY SENSITISATION PROGRAM IN MEWAT, HARYANA, INDIA. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 August [cited: 2018 Aug 14 ]; 12:BC29-BC32. Available from
http://www.jcdr.net/back_issues.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2018&month=August&volume=12&issue=8&page=BC29-BC32&id=11958

DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2018/33981.11958

Date of Submission: Sep 28, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Dec 09, 2017
Date of Acceptance: May 23, 2018
Date of Publishing: Aug 01, 2018

FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: NONE.

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