n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Knowledge of clinical nurse practitioners regarding notification of notifiable diseases at Greater Tzaneen municipality in Mopani district, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Under-reporting of notifiable infectious diseases, remain a major problem amongst health care professionals globally. Several studies found that lack of knowledge of health care professionals are contributing factors to under-reporting of notifiable infectious diseases. South Africa has a routine notification system of reporting notifiable infectious diseases which is stipulated in the Government Act no 61 of 2003 and regulations regarding the reporting of specific diseases to the local, provincial and national health departments. However, under-reporting of notifiable diseases remains high in the country. This study was aimed at assessing the knowledge of clinical nurse practitioners regarding notification of infectious diseases. A quantitative, cross sectional, descriptive design was used to assess the knowledge of clinical nurse practitioners regarding infectious diseases notification at greater Tzaneen Municipality of Limpopo Province. The sample included all clinical nurse practitioners operating under Greater Tzaneen Municipality because of their small population. A total of 145 clinical nurse practitioners were included in the study, thus constituting 70% response rate. The mean age of the respondents was 43.23 ± 9.16. The mean age of males was 41.04 ± 6.59 and that of females was 43.6 5 ± 9.53. The results revealed that clinical nurse practitioners lack knowledge regarding notification of notifiable diseases. The study, therefore, recommends that the employer provide clinical nurse practitioner with training and should actively promote the importance of notifiable diseases reporting to their clinicians.

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