Knowledge and attitude of peripheral health workers regarding Non-Communicable diseases in a Rural area of Rajasthan





Noncommunicable Diseases, Rural, ASHA, ANM, Knowledge, Prevention

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Background: Mortality due to Non communicable disease (NCD) has increased from 50% to 60% in India from 2004 to 2014. Increasing mortality due to NCD has compelled Government of India to launch a national program (NPCDCS). This program has involved peripheral health workers hence this study was conducted to assess level of knowledge and attitude of peripheral health workers working in rural area of CHC Naila regarding NCDs. Methods: Present study was conducted at CHC Naila, Rajasthan, during June to Dec 2019. All (38) peripheral health staff working under CHC Naila were assessed and categorised regarding NCD and NPCDCS program. Results: Majority (77%) peripheral health workers had more than ten years of field experience. All have heard about NPCDCS program and type of NCDs covered under it. they were aware of sign & symptoms of common NCDs, however 18.42% of these were not aware of their role of community awareness about risk factors of NCDs and conducting regular screening. Conclusion: Though the level of awareness of health workers regarding type of NCDs, its consequences and risk factors was good however skill development training is needed so that they can screen people effectively and motivate them for healthy life style for optimum result.

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Meena S, Rathore M, Gupta A, Kumawat P, Singh A. Knowledge and attitude of peripheral health workers regarding Non-Communicable diseases in a Rural area of Rajasthan. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 30 [cited 2022 Aug. 16];34(2):306-10. Available from:


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