Prevalence Of Hepatitis B Virus Infection Among Barbers And Their Knowledge, Attitude And Practices In District Sukkur, Sindh | 2846
Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Introduction: In Pakistan there is no documented evidence for HBV among barbers. We conducted this study in order to
determine HBV prevalence among barbers and their knowledge attitude and practices (KAP) in a peri-urban district of Sindh.
Methodology: This cross sectional study was conducted from September-December 2011 in Sukkur and Rohri sub-districts of
District Sukkur on a sample of 385 barbers. Information regarding socio-demographic characteristics, knowledge, attitude and
practices was collected using structured questionnaire. Blood samples were tested for HBs Ag. Descriptive statistics were used
to report Socio-demographic characteristics. Proportions for each item of Knowledge; Attitude and Practices were calculated. A
scale was also built to determine the proportions of responses to KAP items.
Results: Prevalence of HBV among barbers was 2.1%. Knowledge of barbers about HBV and its transmission routes was poor.
60% barbers knew about the spread of HBV via contaminated blood (59%), 22.5% barbers reported hand washing between
customers, 22% used anti-septic for cleaning instruments and 94% barbers reported frequency of cutsBiography
Imran Naeem Abbasi has completed his residency in Community Medicine at the age of 29 years. Currently he is working as Research Fellow in the
Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi Pakistan. He has published 4 papers in indexed/peer reviewed journals
and several others are in pipeline.
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