Department of Microbiology, School of Sciences, The Federal University of Technology, P. M. B 704, Akure, Nigeria.
The negligence of health education and promotion has contributed to increase in morbidity and mortality of malaria among children.
This study was carried out in selected secondary schools in Akure, South-western Nigeria to assess the level of awareness, knowledge and perceptive of the use of treated mosquito nets among children of age group 9 and 17 years. 200 pieces of questionnaires were distributed randomly to the respondents.
Results and Discussion:
Demographic information of respondents, awareness, knowledge and perception on malaria was obtained. 96% of the respondents know that mosquito transmits malaria parasite. The respondents’ knowledge on the symptoms of malaria as persistence headache was 94% while 6% wrongly said itching and bleeding were among the symptoms of malaria. 74% have experienced mosquito bites while 26% haven't experienced it. Sleeping under treated net by the respondents was poor as only 2% of them always sleep under insecticide treated net and 44% never sleep under it. Although, awareness of malaria among the secondary school students is high, there is a high percentage (%) of the respondents who never sleep under insecticide treated net.
Therefore, health education on awareness of insecticide-treated net should be emphasised for successful elimination of malaria.
Keywords: Awareness, Knowledge, Bed treated net, Malaria, Children.
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