Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices towards Covid-19 among Health Professionals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2020.

Authors

  • tesfaye Kebede legesse AAU
  • abebe habtamu tamire Addis Ababa university

Keywords:

knowledge, attitude, practice, COVID-19

Abstract

Background: COVID-19 is an acute respiratory illness caused by a novel human coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes higher mortality in people aged ≥60 years and in people with underlying medical conditions.

Objective: To describe the Knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards COVID-19 among health professionals in selected hospitals of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Methods: this is a cross-sectional survey conducted in selected Addis Ababa Hospitals during April and May 2020. A standardized, well-structured questionnaire was used to collect the data. Descriptive statistics was used to summarize the study and outcome variables. Chi-square test and odds ratios were used to test the differences and observing and quantifying the association between categorical outcomes respectively.

Result: A total of 526 health professionals participated in the study. 227(43.2 %) were from Tikur Anbesa Specialized Hospital, 110 (20.9 %) from Yekatit 12 Hospital 87 (16.5 %), and 102 (19.4 %) from Ghandi and Zewditu Memorial Hospitals respectively. Among this 283 (53.8 %) were female and mean age was 32.5 + 8.9. 204 (38.8 %) physician and 82 (15.6 %) were nurses. Age groups > 50 years were more knowledgeable than the reference age group 20-30 years AOR 8.76 with 95% CI (2.47-30.99). Being Pharmacist and laboratory technician had a good knowledge than the reference group nurses with AOR 2.72 (1.25-5.94) and 1.98 (1.00-3.94) 95% CI respectively.

Conclusion: The study identified that there was a huge knowledge gap on the asymptomatic transmission of the disease and measures should be taken to fill the knowledge gap.

Author Biography

tesfaye Kebede legesse, AAU

Body imaging subspecialist

Department of radiology

Addis a baba university

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2020-09-30