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Assessing the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding cholera preparedness and prevention in Ga-Mampuru village, Limpopo, South Africa

Alice Ncube, Andries J. Jordaan, Beverly M. Mabela
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 8, No 2 | a164 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v8i2.164 | © 2016 Alice Ncube, Andries J. Jordaan, Beverly M. Mabela | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 February 2015 | Published: 13 January 2016

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Alice Ncube, Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (UFSDiMTEC), University of Free State, South Africa
Andries J. Jordaan, Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (UFSDiMTEC), University of Free State, South Africa
Beverly M. Mabela, Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (UFSDiMTEC), University of Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

The study assessed the knowledge, attitudes and practices of cholera prevention and preparedness in Ga-Mampuru village (Limpopo, South Africa). Interviewers collected data using a two-pronged method, namely a household questionnaire (open- and closed-ended questions) to assess knowledge and attitudes about cholera and observations to assess practices in the prevention and management of the disease. Additionally, interviewers took pictures with the respondents’ permission. Ninety-six respondents were interviewed. Most respondents (86%) indicated they knew how cholera was contracted with 84% indicating contaminated water as a source. Ninety percent of the respondents indicated they knew how to prevent contracting cholera. All respondents generally knew that cholera could be treated with medicine received at a health-care facility or worker. Fewer respondents (58%) had specific knowledge such as the use of rehydration solutions. The respondents’ high level of prevention practices could be biased. Interviewers observed that many practices were not adhered to, like not washing hands, not using toilet paper and throwing waste in respondents’ yards. Therefore, the community of Ga-Mampuru had not reached a stage of adequate cholera prevention and preparedness in spite of the fact that they were aware of cholera risks and risk-reduction measures.

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Disaster management, cholera, preparedness, prevention, attitudes, water shortage, hygiene

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