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Knowledge and perceptions of novel corona virus (COVID19) among health care workers in secondary health care facilities Hadejia Jigawa State

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Abstract

Coronavirus (CoV) is a zoonotic pathogen that can be transmitted via human-to-human interactions Guan X et. Al (2020). Health care workers (HCWs) are the primary sector in contact with patients and are an important source of exposure to infected cases in health care settings; thus, HCWs are expected to be at high risk of infection. The study used descriptive type of cross-sectional design and a convenient sampling technique was adopted in assessing the knowledge and perceptions of HCWs on COVID 19.A structured self-administered questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection from 61 HCWs. The objective of the study is to assess HCWs knowledge on novel corona virus and to determine health care workers perception on novel corona virus; data collected for this study was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20. Data were presented using Descriptive statistics, simple frequency tables and percentages. The results of the questionnaire relating to HCWs perceptions were summarized, and it showed that there were few (34.5%) positive perceptions on COVID 19. Recommendations to this research work include informing the hospital management to remain alert of changing outbreak conditions, including as they relate to community spread of the virus and testing availability, and implement infection prevention measures accordingly. The management should as well assess the hazards to which their workers may be exposed; evaluate the risk of exposure; and select, implement, and ensure workers use controls measures to prevent exposure. Lastly management should organize seminar or workshop to further enlighten the staff on COVID-19 the topic of the discussion.
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Knowledge and perceptions of novel corona virus (COVID19) among health care workers in sesecondary health Care facilities hadeja jigawa state
 

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