Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Regarding Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Among Abiotkirs Preparatory School Students, Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


Tuberculosis (TB) is still among the top ten tropical diseases in the world and affects millions of people in the developing world including Ethiopia. This study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) about TB in Abiotkirs Preparatory School students from September 2019 to October 2019. Qualitative data were collected through well-structured questionnaire and the data analyzed by descriptive statistics. The findings showed that from the total of 76 respondents 64(84.2%) of the students have information about TB and 12(15.8 %) of them have no information. Only 5(6.6%) of participant students gate an information about TB through the activity of co-curricular activity or TB&HIV clubs. Students who got information through TV and radio were 18(23.7%). The participants who indicated that discussion and drama scenes of passing information about TB were 34.2% and18.4% respectively. On the other hand, 14 (14.5%) respondents believed that TB is transmitted by Mosquito bite, 15(19.7%) unsterile sharp instruments, 44 (57.9%) and 17 (22.4%) didn't know the route of transmission of the disease. From the total of 76 respondents only 10(13%)of them had greater than 5000 Birr monthly income while 54(71%) of the respondents had less than 1000 Birr. It was also recorded that 28.9% of the students were feeling ashamed of having TB as a disease and 46.1% of them did not feel ashamed if they have TB or not and on the other hand 25% of them didn't know their feelings. In conclusion the KAP study showed that there is a need to raise the knowledge, attitude and practice of the students about TB as a public health problem and need att4enction by concerned bodies.



Abiotkirs Preparatory School, Students, Attitude, Knowledge, Practice, Tuberculosis