Evaluation of Community Pharmacists Practices towards Dengue Control and Management

    Published on:April 2020
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2020; 12(1):90-93
    Original Article | doi:10.5530/jyp.2020.12.18
    Authors:

    Muhammad Shahid Iqbal1,*, Muhammad Zahid Iqbal2, Nehad J. Ahmed1

    1Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-kharj, SAUDI ARABIA.

    2Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, Bedong, Kedah Darul Aman, MALAYSIA.

    Abstract:

    Objectives: This study was conducted to assess the practice level of Community Pharmacists (CPs) towards dengue control and management. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among CPs by using a convenience sampling technique using a newly developed and validated research tool. Results: Out of 205 respondents, 70.2% had never taken part in any health-promotion campaigns against dengue. The majority of the participants (82.9%) never attended any particular training/workshops about dengue control and management. Around 65.9% of the CPs knew that NSAIDs should not be given to every dengue suspected patient. A total of 35.6% of the respondents agreed that the only method of controlling dengue infection is to combat the vector mosquitoes. Conclusion: Overall, the results revealed that the practices of the CPs to prevent, control and manage dengue infection were satisfactory but still continuing professional development seminars/workshops will further strengthen their skills to specifically control and manage dengue infections.

    Key words: Community pharmacists, CPs, Dengue, Control, Prevention.

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