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KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTION OF DENGUE AMONG STAFF NURSES IN SELECTED HEALTH INSTITUTIONS IN BENIN CITY, EDO STATE NIGERIA

The study examines the perception of nurses
towards dengue in tertiary and state
institutions in Benin, City. Descriptive cross sectional design was used and the target
population for this study is the nurses in
University of Benin Teaching Hospital and
Central Hospital.The Yamane Formula was
used to determine the sample size of 297
respondents which was selected through simple
random sampling technique. The research
instrument for this study is a self-developed
structured questionnaire with 38 items. The
face and content validity were ensured and the
reliability coefficient score using Cronbach
alpha was 0.88. Descriptive statistics in the
form of frequency, percentage, mean, standard
deviation, pie chart and inferential statistics in
the form of Chi-square was used to analyse
data. The level of precision assumed was set at
0.05. Findings of the demographic characteristics
reveals that majority are between the age of 30-
39 years and are married (67.0%). Additionally,
this study observes that the respondents are
knowledgeable about dengue fever but their
perception is poor. Further findings show that
all factors listed negatively influence the
perception of dengue fever among the
respondents. Reports of the four hypotheses
tested show that firstly, there is a significant
relationship between the qualification of the
nurses and their level of knowledge of dengue.
Secondly, there is no significant relationship
between years of experience of nurses and their
perception of dengue. Thirdly, there is no
significant relationship between the nurses’ knowledge and their perception of dengue and
lastly, there is no significant relationship
between the perception of dengue among
nurses in University of Benin Teaching
Hospital and Central Hospital, Benin-City.
Therefore, it is recommended that adequate
awareness should be made across the country
to help clarify the misconceptions of dengue
and continued insight on dengue prevention,
transmission and high-risk patient population
be given. Also, periodic assessment and
training of healthcare professionals to reduce
the burden of dengue should be harnessed

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