||Geetakrishnan K, Pappu KP & Roychowdhury K
||A study on knowledge and attitude towards tuberculosis
in a rural area of West Bengal.
||INDIAN J TB 1988, 35, 83-89.
A survey was carried out in the population of Bisnupur
Blocks I and II in the south 24 parganas district of West Bengal
to find out the level of general knowledge and awareness about TB
and also the prevalent social attitudes towards the disease. The
target population was classified into two broad groups comprising
persons living within and outside the research project area respectively.
The results showed that the general knowledge of TB was high in
both groups and about 24% of the new patients did not know the correct
duration of treatment. The majority of people interviewed, favored
hospitalization of the TB patients and the patients' belief that
consuming anti-TB drugs without taking a high protein diet was futile
contributed to default on drug collection. Women with TB denied
breast-milk to their babies, making the babies vulnerable to different
diseases including TB. Health education increased the awareness
of TB while negative social attitudes for TB patients persisted
because most people were not convinced of the curability of the
The above findings led to the conclusion that community
leaders should be actively involved in any TB control programme
and that health education should be an important component of the
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL SURVEY; SOCIAL AWARENESS; SOCIAL ATTITUDE;