National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 7 | Page No: 180-183

Community Perception on Malaria in Urban Area of Tumkur

Author: Vidya KR1, Lohit K2, Narasimha BC3, Swamy RM4


1Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical college and Research Institute, Bangalore

2Associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, Sri Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, T. Begur

3Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences, Madikeri, Kodagu

4Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur


Background: Malaria is the parasitic disease that affects people around the world with highest rate of morbidity and mortality. There is a need to intensify efforts at grassroots levels to reach the most vul-nerable people with advanced health care and technologies Methodology: A community based cross sectional study was conducted in the urban slum area of Tumkur. All individuals aged more than 20 years of age, permanent residents, who were present on the day of survey were included in the study. Multistage random sampling method used to select participants, semi-structured questionnaire using interview method used to collect data. Results: A total of 112 families were interviewed during the study. Among respondents 56.3% were fe-males. Majority were in the age group of 20-39 years (50%). Regarding housing condition 67.9% of the houses were pukka while 18.3% of the houses. Majority of participants (76.7%) knew about malaria. Among them 60.5% said malaria is a communicable. Conclusion: The study revealed that perception about malaria was satisfactory and there was varied perception about causes, spread of disease, and source of infection and prevention of malaria disease.

Keywords: Malaria, Perception, Multistage random sampling, Communicable disease

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20210620051020