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The role of science education for combating and preventing diseases

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Abstract

In most developing countries, the role of science education for combating and preventing diseases is both minimal and impracticable. There are two main reasons to this: i) lack of medical knowledge; and ii) lack of practical knowledge. These consequences may be a result of exclusion of medically trained people in the education system, e.g. in our education systems, there is no established trend of medical doctors to teach at school, college or even at university levels. There is a provision of medical education at teaching hospitals, but they still lack the right educationists and latest trainings at par with global standards. In order to consolidate the concept and promotion of science education in the field of health and medicine, this paper discusses four diseases commonly found in developing countries like Pakistan. These diseases are Poliomyelitis, Malaria, Rabies and Typhoid. The disability/mortality due to Poliomyelitis; the morbidity and mortality as a result of Malaria and Typhoid fever, and a very high death rate (up to 5000/year) as a result of dog bites (Rabies) are reported in Pakistan. The study takes into account myths and mysteries related to these diseases and their consequences/complications leading to mortality. This study is focused on the  More>>
Authors:
Ghaffar, A.; [1]  Tariq, S. [2] 
  1. COMSATS Inst. of Information Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Meteorology
  2. Department of Meteorology, Islamabad (Pakistan)
Publication Date:
Jan 15, 2011
Product Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Science Vision; Journal Volume: 16-17
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; EDUCATION; MORTALITY; PAKISTAN; POLIOMYELITIS; PUBLIC HEALTH; TYPHOID; WATER POLLUTION
OSTI ID:
22337253
Country of Origin:
Pakistan
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 1027-961X; TRN: PK1500394043547
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 53-60
Announcement Date:
May 14, 2015

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Ghaffar, A., and Tariq, S. The role of science education for combating and preventing diseases. Pakistan: N. p., 2011. Web.
Ghaffar, A., & Tariq, S. The role of science education for combating and preventing diseases. Pakistan.
Ghaffar, A., and Tariq, S. 2011. "The role of science education for combating and preventing diseases." Pakistan.
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title = {The role of science education for combating and preventing diseases}
author = {Ghaffar, A., and Tariq, S.}
abstractNote = {In most developing countries, the role of science education for combating and preventing diseases is both minimal and impracticable. There are two main reasons to this: i) lack of medical knowledge; and ii) lack of practical knowledge. These consequences may be a result of exclusion of medically trained people in the education system, e.g. in our education systems, there is no established trend of medical doctors to teach at school, college or even at university levels. There is a provision of medical education at teaching hospitals, but they still lack the right educationists and latest trainings at par with global standards. In order to consolidate the concept and promotion of science education in the field of health and medicine, this paper discusses four diseases commonly found in developing countries like Pakistan. These diseases are Poliomyelitis, Malaria, Rabies and Typhoid. The disability/mortality due to Poliomyelitis; the morbidity and mortality as a result of Malaria and Typhoid fever, and a very high death rate (up to 5000/year) as a result of dog bites (Rabies) are reported in Pakistan. The study takes into account myths and mysteries related to these diseases and their consequences/complications leading to mortality. This study is focused on the prophylactic measures (prophylaxis), as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prophytactic measures can only be taken by creating awareness about these diseases and re-evaluation of the role of science education in all sectors. (author)}
journal = {Science Vision}
volume = {16-17}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Pakistan}
year = {2011}
month = {Jan}
}