Knowledge, attitude and practices concerning Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) among KIU senior medical students on placement at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
Uganda is among the countries that border the north-eastern provinces of DRC where the most recent EVD outbreak by the deadliest of Ebola strains (Zaire) is currently ongoing. Uganda has also been put on high alert by the WHO on possible spread of the disease from DRC (Donald G. McNeil Jr., 2018). Inter-border traffic between DRC and Uganda is enormous, with Uganda harboring a large number of refugees from the war-torn country. Threat of spread to Uganda has become so real that Uganda has started vaccinating its medics against the disease. A large population of patients served at FPRRH are of Congolese origin, with most on a refugee status. Three suspect haemorrhagic fever cases have been reported at Fort-portal Regional Referral Hospital so far since the EVD outbreak in DRC, sending scares among staff and medical students alike of a possible Ebola outbreak. This was a KAP study on Ebola among senior clerkship medical students of KIU at FPRRH. To assess the knowledge, attitude and practices among KIU senior medical students at FPRRH concerning Ebola and Ebola Viral Disease. A descriptive questionnaire-based cross-sectional study design was used with 42 study participants. Knowledge, attitude and practices of KIU senior clerkship medical students at FPRRH concerning Ebola and Ebola Viral Disease are adequate and favorable. Their take-up of vaccine still needs improvement though. A more pro-active role in vaccine trials especially for conditions of high importance such as Ebola is needed
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery of Kampala International University
Ebola Viral Disease (EVD), Ebola prevention and transmission, Medical students, Kampala International University, Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital