Authors: E.W.A.I.M.Siriwardana , K. Samarasinghe
Abstract: Background: Dengue fever (DF) is the most common mosquitoborne viral disease that affects humans. It has become a major health problem in Sri-Lanka. School teachers can act as knowledge of dengue transferring and behaviors related to dengue changing agents of students in particular and community in general. Aim: This qualitative study aimed to get insight on knowledge, attitudes and practices of DF prevention among, secondary school teachers in a Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Area in Central SriLanka. Method: Data was collected through focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews. The material was analyzed by using qualitative content analysis. Findings: The findings showed that the participating school teachers knew most about the mode of spread and symptoms of dengue fever and they made contribution at home as well as in schools to control vector breeding. Participants reiterated that although the government took some preventive measures, they were inadequate. Conclusion: School teachers can be used as change agent in dengue prevention in the community due to their positive attitudes towards dengue prevention and their social position.
Keywords: qualitative, dengue fever, knowledge, attitudes and practices, school teachers, Sri Lanka