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Mymensingh Med J. 2019 Apr;28(2):389-398.

Knowledge and Practice of Hepatitis B among Biological and Biomedical Sciences Students in a Public University of Bangladesh.

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Mohammad Morshad Alam, Consultant, Bangladesh Health Sector Support Project, The World Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


A large numbers of biological and biomedical sciences students intricate themselves in health care professions, which makes them vulnerable to occupational exposure of Hepatitis B. This study aimed to determine the level of knowledge and practice of hepatitis B among biological and biomedical sciences students in a public university of Bangladesh. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU), Noakhali, Bangladesh from March 2017 to July 2017. Data was collected from students through purposive sampling technique using self-administered structured questionnaire and analyzed by using IBM SPSS 23.0. Out of the 303 participants, 213(70.3%) were within adequate knowledge range and 30(9.9%) of the students were in good practice range. Only 71(23.14%) of the students were fully vaccinated against Hepatitis B. Knowledge level of Participant's were significantly associated with their age and father's education. The practice level was significantly associated with age and all educational variables. Moreover, significant positive but weak linear correlations between knowledge and practice score were identified. The study indicates adequate knowledge, but poor practice of students towards HB. Thus, we recommend all students to implement their knowledge in real life and should be vaccinated prior to entry into health profession.

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