Tuberculosis program health care workers knowledge about tuberculosis in Kerbala governorate in 2017

  • Ali Al Mousawi Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Kerbala, Kerbala, Iraq
  • Hussein Alwash Director of Tuberculosis Centre in Holy Kerbala, Kerbala, Iraq


Objective: The problems facing tuberculosis (TB) control are web-shaped multidisciplinary factor, complicated dilemma and part of the problem is denial of facing the truth. A big sum of literature is published to obliterate the proper pathways, mainly for receiving the grants and persuading responsible personals and agencies. For these reasons, this study represents a genuine step in breaking the rules and telling nothing but the truth about caretakers knowledge about TB in Kerbala.Methods: About 43 caretakers following TB patients in primary health centers in Kerbala/Iraq were asked about TB transmission and dealing with contacts. Each participant answered a self-administered questionnaire based on World Health Organization (WHO) module questionnaire. At the beginning of a training course, TB caretakers personally conducted the primary health sectors in March 2017. The analysis depended on comparing the answers with the standard WHO answers in the module and the National TB program. Analysis depended on Excel an SPSS-21 package at a significance level of 0.05.Results: The overall findings had indicated a poor level of knowledge among the participants. The majority of them were with a professional diploma qualification. An important defect detected in the study is that most participants report that they know a fact but their answer reveals that they do not know it.Conclusions: Training programs need to be initiated soon to improve caretakers’ knowledge about TB. An important recommendation is that evaluation of control programs implementation needs to be performed from outside the system to avoid bias in measurement.
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AL MOUSAWI, Ali; ALWASH, Hussein. Tuberculosis program health care workers knowledge about tuberculosis in Kerbala governorate in 2017. Iraqi Journal of Public Health, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 3, dec. 2017. ISSN 2521-7267. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 oct. 2020.