International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part A (2020)

Study to assess the knowledge and perceptions on COVID-19, among RVM hospital staff, Siddipet district, Telangana state, South India

Author(s): Dr. Anusha DVB, Dr. Manoj Patruni, Dr. Pooja Chouhan, Gopa Raju A and Sanagavarapu Venkata Sai Moudgalya
Abstract: Introduction: Coronaviruses belongs to a large family of viruses, which are known to cause mild to moderate respiratory diseases. In the past there were epidemics of two beta coronaviruses namely MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which caused over 10,000 deaths over the past two decades [1, 2]. Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. This disease has spread globally now and has become an ongoing 2019-2020 life threatening pandemic disease [1-4]. The aim and objective of this study is to assess the knowledge and perceptions against COVID-19 disease among hospital staff.
Materials & Methods: Hospital based cross-sectional study conducted between April 1st to April 15th 2020 and a total of 195 staff participated in the study. The self-administrated, semi-structured 16-item questionnaire was developed based on WHO myth busters, administered on the study participants. Consent of the participants and Institutional ethical clearance was obtained before conducting the study. Convenience sampling method was used for data collection.
Results: Total number of study participants in this study was 195 hospital staff. Among this study participants the mean age 28.54 +/- 5.26 years. 95 members belong to the age group of 20-29 years and above 40 years are around 37 members. The gender distribution among the study participants was M: F = 1.3:0.8. Knowledge on COVID-19 was estimated by using the semi-structured questionnaire consisting questions on knowledge and the myths (beliefs) on every participant. Out of the 195 participants majority of them 164(84.10%) answered correct about what is COVID-19, only 31(15.8%) were wrong. The route of transmission was also answered correctly by 146 (74.8%) among 195 participants. Maximum 177(90.7%) participants are aware of the symptoms and 166 participants know the preventive aspects. 144(73.8%) participants are aware about waste segregation and usage of yellow coloured bin to drop the hospital waste from COVID wards in the hospital.
Conclusion: We would like to conclude from this study that Authentic Health information on COVID-19 and good Health care practices against COVID-19 are to be inculcated among the Hospital staff and the doctors by using continuous medical education platform
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Dr. Anusha DVB, Dr. Manoj Patruni, Dr. Pooja Chouhan, Gopa Raju A and Sanagavarapu Venkata Sai Moudgalya. Study to assess the knowledge and perceptions on COVID-19, among RVM hospital staff, Siddipet district, Telangana state, South India. International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine. 2020; 3(2): 41-45. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2020.v3.i2a.149
International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine