Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 5 - 2022
Health Behavioural Response of Basrah University Students during COVID-19 Pandemic
Rajaa Ahmed Mahmoud*
Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Basrah - Al Zahraa College of Medicine, Iraq
*Corresponding Author: Rajaa Ahmed Mahmoud, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Basrah - Al Zahraa College of Medicine, Iraq.
Received: March 13, 2022; Published: April 26, 2022




Abstract

Introduction: In October 2021, and after a year of virtual learning and online classes, Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education confirmed resuming in-class learning with actual presence of university students. Going back to classes made it easier for university students to be at a higher risk for infection with COVID-19 or transmitting the disease to others. However, in spite of the efforts to stop the disease transmission, infection among students continued to occur which can be attributed to the non-adherence of the students to these preventive measures in addition to the differences in the health behavioral responses for each individual.

Aims and Objectives: The study is a descriptive cross sectional study that aims to assess the health behavioural response of Basrah university students during COVID-19 pandemic period.

Methodology: The study was conducted by using a structured questionnaire and gathering information about the respondents’ health behavior against COVID-19 infection.

Results: The study found that (39.7%) of Basrah University students reported being infected by COVID-19 with only (6.9%) of them adhered to the quarantine procedures during their infection. Practicing strict personal hygiene measures was found to be done by (51.2%) of the students with (18.4%) of them using drug medications to prevent the disease or its complication without consulting a doctor.

Conclusion: In general, students’ health behavioral response to COVID-19 pandemic is low especially for those concerning with adherence to quarantine procedures and using drugs to prevent the disease or its complication without seeing a medical professional. That indicates an urgent need to address the causes behind this behaviour and consequently to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among Basrah University students.

 

Keywords: Health Behaviour; Basrah; University Students; COVID-19

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Citation: Rajaa Ahmed Mahmoud. “Health Behavioural Response of Basrah University Students during COVID-19 Pandemic”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 6.5 (2022): 03-08.

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