A survey study on awareness of Hepatitis-C in different groups

Author : Safila Naveed, Fatima Qamar, Syeda Zainab and Ghulam Sarwar

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major public health problem and can cause severe liver disease. The public has little understanding of hepatitis C. Therefore, a survey was performed to investigate the awareness of Hepatitis C in General population, Medical and Pharm D students in Karachi. A questionnaire on hepatitis C was publicized and distributed among General population, Medical and Pharm D students from October 20 to November 20, 2013. The questionnaire included thirteen questions and covered the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis C. From the questionnaire we observed that Medical and Pharmacy students are well aware about the disease but General Pubic have a little knowledge about the disease and its infection, prevention, treatment and vaccines. From the survey we conclude that among three groups General public has least awareness about hepatitis C.

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