Pakistani Healthcare Practitioners’ Understanding of the Zika Virus Disease
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sadia Shakeel
Dow College of Pharmacy
Dow University of Health Sciences
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: August 19, 2016; Accepted date: August 31, 2016; Published date: September 06, 2016
Citation: Iffat W, Shakeel S, Fasih F (2016) Pakistani Healthcare Practitioners’ Understanding of the Zika Virus Disease. J Health Edu Res Dev 4:185. doi:10.4172/2380-5439.1000185
Copyright: © 2016 Iffat W, et al. 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.
The current study aims to assess the knowledge of healthcare practitioners regarding Zika virus disease in Karachi, Pakistan. A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted from January 2016 to April 2016. The study population were physicians selected by non probability convenience sampling technique and were rendering their services in different hospitals and clinics of Karachi. Among the study participants, 41.4% considered themselves not very conversant about Zika virus. Medical literature (50%) and mass media (32%) were the major sources of health information. Approximately 75% did not know the availability of vaccine against Zika virus disease whereas 72.07% were not well versed with the availability and mode of treatment. Around 78% and 22% believed that mosquito bite and body fluid and secretions are the major source of infection respectively. It is concluded that our physicians are not well versed with the Zika virus disease. There is a need to advance the knowledge and understanding of Zika virus disease among physicians as they symbolize a well-informed component of society and healthcare structure. Furthermore, well-organized educational programs are necessary to expand appropriate awareness of public as regards Zika virus disease.