The Influence of Interpersonal Communication on the Prevention Action of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) in Meo-Meo Public Health Center of Baubau City
Keywords:interpersonal communication, counseling, action, prevention, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF)
Dengue infection is a global health problem. One of the city in Indonesia that has a high incident of DHF
is Baubau City, especially the area of Meo-Meo Public Health Center in 2016 to 2018 ranked first of the
incident of DHF respectively for three years among 10 Public Health Center on the coastal area and third
among 17 Public Health Center in Baubau City. DHF cases are not only caused by mosquitoes, but also
by human behavior that does not carry out healthy and indifferent lifestyles in the environment where
mosquitoes nest. Such behavior includes leaving the hanging used clothes, does not drain the tub, leaving
puddle around the residence. This study involved 39 people in the intervention group and also in the control
group who met the criteria including the age of 17-65 years old, can read, write, and communicate well,
and willing to participate in this study. The result indicates a significant from the intervention groups to the
control group (p< 0.05), is action (p=0.001), and the difference in the percentage of action in both groups.
So, it can concluded that interpersonal communication is more influential than counseling on increasing
DHF prevention action.
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