International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Article 14/ID/JPRH098/ 04 pages
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Original Research Article
Survey of knowledge, attitudes and perceptions (KAPs) of lymphatic filariasis patients in Kano State, Nigeria
*1Dogara, M. M.,2Nock, H. I., 3Agbede, R. I. S. and 2Ndams, I. S
*1Department of Integrated Science,Federal College of Education,P.M.B 3045, Kano, Nigeria.
2Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University,Zaria, Nigeria.
3Department of Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author Email: musadogara2013(at)gmail.com
A survey of knowledge, attitudes and perceptions (KAPs) was conducted among twenty five patients with different symptoms of lymphatic filariasis (LF) in three endemic villages in Kano State, Nigeria. A pretested questionnaire was used in collecting the KAPs information from the patients. Out of the twenty five patients, twenty two (22) were males and three females. All the male respondents were farmers while the three females claimed to be full time housewives. The ages of the respondents ranged between 35-70 years. Out of the six questions on KAPs presented to the respondents, they responded to three of them. On how the disease is transmitted, one person believed that the disease is transmitted through inheritance, 8(32%) claimed they don’t know and 13(52%) saw it as an act of God. 3(12%) of the respondents thought that hydrocoele was a sign of lymphatic filariasis while 6(24%) felt elephantiasis is a sign of the disease. Only 3(12%) of the respondents had heard that mosquito is responsible for the spread of the disease and it was through the radio. All the respondents expressed the desire to see a control programme put in place and would be prepared to support it. It is recommended that peoples’ KAPs about the disease especially among the infected persons be taken into consideration while planning and executing a control programme.
Key words: Lymphatic filariasis, hydrocoele, elephantiasis, respondents, endemic, community