KNOWLEDGE, PERCEPTION AND PREVENTIVE BEHAVIOURTOWARDS TUBERCULOSIS AMONG IGBOKODA RESIDENTS IN ILAJE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ONDO STATE
Fatile Oyekunbi Adebimpe; Fatile Elijah Oluwole & Makanjuola, Osuolale John
Tuberculosis is one of the infectious diseases that had affected many developing nations, Nigeria inclusive, with high morbidity and mortality. Stigma had also contributed in no little way to patients’ adherence to treatment regimes. This research study was carried out to unveil the knowledge, perception and prevention behaviour to tuberculosis (TB) in Ilaje Local Government. A descriptive cross-sectional design was adopted in the study. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 198 respondents within people within the age of 18yrs to 65years. Self-structured questionnaire whose validity and reliability has been previously ascertained was used for data collections. Data collection was analyzed and the results were using descriptive statistics such as frequency and percentage. Result showed that respondents have 71.7% had good knowledge of tuberculosis and 96% of the respondents have good perception about TB. Good preventive behaviour to TB was high among the respondents. It is essential to improve the development of knowledge and health education programs for tuberculosis and also diagnosis of tuberculosis should be made closer to people for prompt diagnosis of the disease.