Keita MM1*, Diallo AAS2, Doukoure M1, Sow MS3 and Keita A2
1Department of Psychiatry, Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry, Guinea 2Department of Internal Medicine, Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry, Guinea 3Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry, GuineaFulltext PDF
Introduction: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a serious, often fatal disease that is transmitted from wild animals and spreads by human-to-human transmission. Media men have become very influential actors in the response strategies against this disease. The aim of our work was to assess the state of the art on the knowledge, attitudes and practices of media men in the face of EVD. Material and Methods: This was a prospective cross-sectional descriptive study lasting 3 months from 1 October to 31 December, 2016. It was conducted in 11 selected media sites in the city of Conakry. It concerned 332 media men. Results: The male dominated with 55.12% of cases against 44.88% of women and with a sex ratio of 1.22; the average age of the respondents was 27.86 years with extreme ages of 18 and 64 years. Singles were the most common layer in our study with a frequency of 66.27%. All 332 media men surveyed or 100% had a perfect knowledge of the EVD regarding the signs of the disease, the environments and the different modes of transmission. Conclusion: Our study shows that media men and women with Ebola virus presented an acceptable knowledge of the Ebola virus epidemic and learned about the realities by giving themselves the means to learn, understand and to act against the explanations provided by caregivers and victims. An expanded study of the country's interior media (rural radio) would provide a more comprehensive assessment.
Knowledge; Attitudes; Practices; EVD; Media men
Keita MM, Diallo AAS, Doukoure M, Sow MS, Keita A. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of Men in the Media of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea. Ann Psychiatr Clin Neurosci. 2019;2(3):1019.