Dr Mahwish Kulsoom , Dr Ammara Tahir, Dr Ameena Zahid
Objective: To see knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of newly admitted first-year MBBS students towards dengue fever. Study design: Descriptive cross-sectional study Study & duration: In the Nishtar Medical University for six-months duration from November 2019 to April 2020. Material & method: 134 students enrolled in the first year of MBBS, academic year 2018/2019. The data was collected using a structured questionnaire. The data was entered and cleaned up in the SPSS 19 statistical package. The data is presented in the form of tables and graphs. Results: It was observed that few respondents knew that there were four types of dengue fever, quite a large number knew about the causative agent. The incubation period was well known to the students. The vector of the disease is known by a good number; however, half of the students rightly called the species aedes aegypti. As for the time of transmission of the disease students were aware that it was mainly early dawn and students were aware of the fact that the breeding sites of female aedes aegypti mosquitoes are stagnant water sites. Respondents' knowledge of the clinical picture, complications and diagnosis of dengue fever also has a high percentage. Conclusion: Medical students had the highest ability to acquire knowledge and this can be reflected in changing practices. Changes in knowledge were greater than changes in practice, reflecting the fact that these changes take more time and require sustainable education. Closing the knowledge-practice gap will remain an important challenge for dengue control, as well as the setting of dynamic ae reduction targets. aegypti population.