Knowledge, Attitude and Associated Factors towards COVID-19 among Healthcare Providers at Wolaita Sodo University Teaching Referral Hospital, Southern Ethiopia, 2020
Healthcare providers are involved in caring for and treating patients with highly transmittable diseases. Coronavirus-2019 has posed serious health risks to healthcare providers because of their repeated exposure to many infections. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and associated factors towards COVID-19 among h healthcare providers at Wolaita Sodo Teaching Referral Hospital, Southern Ethiopia, 2020.Institution based cross-sectional study was conducted using 326 healthcare providers for the assessment of the knowledge, attitude and associated factors towards COVID-19 from August 30, 2020 to September 01, 2020, at Wolaita Sodo University Teaching Referral Hospital. A pretest and structured self-administered questionnaire were used to collect the data from the participants. A simple random sampling method was employed. Data were entered, coded, and analyzed using SPSS version 25 and the binary and multivariate logistic regression models were used to identify factors associated with the knowledge and attitude of healthcare providers towards COVID-19. The statistically significant association at P< 0.05 was employed for the comparisons. The results for the overall knowledge of the healthcare providers
towards the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was good (68.1%) and the overall attitude of health care providers was also positive (74.8). Experience>= 10 years (AOR=0.23; 95% CI=0.13, 0.79. P-value=0.01), Midwives qualification (AOR=0.39, 95% CI=0.10, 0.83, P-value=0.02), and positive attitude (AOR: 0.19; 95% CI=0.10, 0.36) were statistically associated with knowledge whereas experience >=10 years (AOR=2.1 95% CI=1.29, 2.10. P-value=0.01), laboratory profession (AOR=0.80; 95% CI=0.01, 0.47), P-value=0.02), and good knowledge (AOR=0.29; 95% CI=0.11, 0.46, P-value=0.0001) were statistically associated with attitude of the health care
providers. This study showed that healthcare providers had good knowledge and attitude regarding COVID-19. Thus, promoting awareness through mass media and creating public health education is an important approach to address the reduction to the transmission of COVID-19 Pandemic in Ethiopia
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