Hepatitis B Disease and Vaccination: Awareness and Practice among Health Care Givers in a Medical College of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, IndiaSonali K1*, Seba B2, Rahul P3, Chitrangada M3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sonali Kar
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine
Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 2, 2015 Accepted date: January 8, 2016 Published date: January 15, 2016
Citation: Sonali K, Seba B, Rahul P, Chitrangada M (2016) Hepatitis B Disease and Vaccination: Awareness and Practice among Health Care Givers in a Medical College of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. J Hepatol Gastroint Dis 1:112. doi:10.4172/2475-3181.1000112
Copyright: © 2016 Sonali K. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Hepatitis B infection is a public health problem in this country, so much so that the vaccination has been made mandatory for infants. However in case of adults there is no such government policy, even in case of health care givers, who are known to be at a much higher risk. The study is a rapid assessment done to do asses among the health care givers like fresh young doctors, nurses and lab technicians to find out their knowledge about the disease and also about their practice of complete vaccination. The study revealed that even in this tertiary level health care facility, 13.1% of the study participants were not vaccinated and yet involved in handling of infected products. This hints a further exploration regarding the callousness of the health administrators towards this incurable yet preventable disease.
Aims & Objectives: To assess the knowledge and practice regarding Hepatitis B disease and vaccination among care givers in a tertiary hospital. To find out any association between the level of knowledge and practice if any