Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Towards COVID -19 Among University Level Students in Bangladesh

Authors

  • SS Ferdousi Department of Gynae and Obs, Col Malek Medical College and Hospital, Manikganj, Bangladesh
  • S Ferdousi Disease Control Unit, Directorate General of Health Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • MM Rahman Academic Wing, Institute of Public Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • MH Khan Disease Control Unit, Directorate General of Health Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • SMM Rahman Academic Wing, Institute of Public Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • FR Fahim Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • SM Naafi Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bmrcb.v46i3.52249

Keywords:

COVID-19, KAP, University level students, SARS-COV-2

Abstract

Background: SARS-CoV-2 a highly contagious virus causing the current global pandemic of COVID -19 is transmitted mainly through close physical contact and airborne transmission of respiratory droplets, and associated with significant morbidity and mortality.

Objective: The study was carried out aiming to assess knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) of university level (medical and nonmedical) students towards COVID-19.

Methods: This online cross-sectional KAP study was carried out among university level students. The questionnaire used consisted of two main sections: demographic and knowledge, attitude and practic es (KAP) towards COVID-19 transmission and prevention. Demographic variables included gender, age, religion, marital status, type of education. KAP section consisted of 14 questions for assessment of knowledge regarding clinical symptoms, transmission route, vaccine, prevention and cont rol of COVID-19. The link of the online questionnaire was shared with students of three government and one private medical colleges and 8 universities of which 5 government and 3 private through their faculties with an invitation to participating in the study.

Results: A total of 399 students participated in the study, 6 1.9% were non-medical and 38.1% were medical students; males accounted for 62.7% of the respondents. Knowledge and practice scores were significantly higher in females than in males (p< 0.05). KAP scores were significantly higher among medical students compared to non-medical students (p< 0.05). Though about 52.1% of total students had good knowledge, less than 25% had favourable attitude and 48.6% had good practices towards preventive m easures of COVID-19.

Conclusion: There is need for more awareness campaign focusing the students to cover their knowledge gaps, motivation for appropriate practices and further improvement of attitude and practices towards preve ntion of COVID-19 transmission.

Bangladesh Med Res Counc Bull 2020; 46(3): 154-160

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Published

2021-03-03

How to Cite

Ferdousi, S., Ferdousi, S., Rahman, M., Khan , M., Rahman, S., Fahim, F., & Naafi, S. (2021). Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Towards COVID -19 Among University Level Students in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin, 46(3), 154–160. https://doi.org/10.3329/bmrcb.v46i3.52249

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