Knowledge of Ebola virus disease among students at AIMST University, Kedah, Malaysia

  • Lely Lubna Alaydrus Community Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, AIMST University, Kedah, Malaysia; Magister Management, Universitas Mercu Buana, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Nurul Atikah Binti Mohamed Hanaphi Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital, Temerloh, Pahang, Malaysia
  • Nur Anisa Binti Mohamed Haniffah Kulim Hospital, Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia
  • Nurulain Binti Sukeri Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, Kuantan, Malaysia
  • Liling Chaw PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
  • Lin Naing PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Keywords: Ebola virus, knowledge, Malaysia, students
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Abstract

BACKGROUND To assess the level of knowledge of Ebola virus disease (EVD) among students at The Asian Institute of Medical, Science and Technology (AIMST) University.

METHODS This research is a cross-sectional study of 250 year-1 to year-4 students selected through the stratified sampling method from five health science faculties at AIMST University. Independent variables included students’ age, gender, faculty of origin, source of information, and participation in seminars or conferences, while the dependent variable was the students’ knowledge of EVD. Data were obtained using a self-administered questionnaire.

RESULTS The majority of the students did not have adequate knowledge of EVD (77.2%). The level of knowledge of EVD was significantly associated with faculty of origin (p = 0.014) only and not associated with other variables, such as sociodemographic factors, source of information, and participation in seminars or conferences.

CONCLUSIONS Information on EVD needs to be disseminated more intensively among university students due to the current lack of knowledge of the disease.

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Published
2019-08-09
How to Cite
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Alaydrus LL, Hanaphi NABM, Haniffah NABM, Sukeri NB, Chaw L, Naing L. Knowledge of Ebola virus disease among students at AIMST University, Kedah, Malaysia. Med J Indones [Internet]. 2019Aug.9 [cited 2019Aug.18];28(2):162-6. Available from: https://mji.ui.ac.id/journal/index.php/mji/article/view/2441
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Community Research