Perception about Rabies and its Pre-exposure Prophylaxis among the Staff of Government Veterinary Hospital of Berhampur - A Qualitative Study
Background: Rabies is a vaccine-preventable, zoonotic disease. Animal-related injuries, especially dog and cat bites, have been identified by researchers as important hazards in the veterinary profession.
Objectives: To explore the knowledge and perception of rabies and its pre-exposure prophylaxis among the staff of the Government Veterinary Hospital, Berhampur.
Methodology: It is a qualitative study conducted on the staff of the Government Veterinary Hospital of Berhampur who were interviewed using a pre-designed pre-tested interview schedule till data saturation. The in-depth interviews were recorded using voice recorders, transcribed verbatim, and translated into the English language. Inductive coding was done after careful reading of the transcripts. Codes eventually led to sub-themes and theme generation. The data were analyzed using Atlas.ti version 7.
Results: The knowledge about rabies varied with different staff positions. A few did not have adequate knowledge about rabies. Some people still took harmful measures in case of animal bites. All of them perceived that rabies is fatal and yet vaccine-preventable. There were various misconceptions prevalent about pre-exposure prophylaxis.
Conclusion: The findings indicated that there are many lacunae in knowledge and perception about rabies among veterinary staff. With proper supportive activities and campaigns about animal vaccination and pre-exposure prophylaxis for humans, we can gear toward the goal of “Zero dog-mediated rabies deaths by 2030”.
How to cite this article:
Satapathy DM, Bhakta M, Divya P. Perception about Rabies and its Pre-exposure Prophylaxis among the Staff of Government Veterinary Hospital of Berhampur - A Qualitative Study. APCRI J. 2023;25(1):10-19.
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