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Assessment of Preparedness and Response of Health Professionals Towards COVID-19 Pandemic during Early Period in Public Hospitals in Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

Version 1 : Received: 27 August 2020 / Approved: 30 August 2020 / Online: 30 August 2020 (11:13:11 CEST)

How to cite: Edae, C..K.; Heyi, C.D. Assessment of Preparedness and Response of Health Professionals Towards COVID-19 Pandemic during Early Period in Public Hospitals in Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. Preprints 2020, 2020080657 Edae, C..K.; Heyi, C.D. Assessment of Preparedness and Response of Health Professionals Towards COVID-19 Pandemic during Early Period in Public Hospitals in Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. Preprints 2020, 2020080657

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 has put global health institutions on alert. Organizations such as the CDC and WHO have developed preparedness and prevention checklist of 2019-nCoV infection to be used by public and healthcare professionals. Since COVID 19 pandemic is unexpected and no country aware of it prior to outbreak, there is limited information on the overall preparations of healthcare providers in Ethiopia. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess early healthcare professionals’ preparedness and response to COVID 19 Pandemic in Oromia regional state, Ethiopia. Methods: The study was conducted on healthcare professionals working in public hospitals of Oromia regional state. The study was carried out by online questionnaire prepared using SurveyMonkey©. The collected data was analyzed and One-way ANOVA was used to determine the significant differences between health professionals working in different hospitals. The statistical significance associations of variables of interest was determined at 95% confidence intervals. Results: Healthcare professionals in the public hospitals of Oromia regional state, Ethiopia perceived that they are not yet well prepared and may not respond to the pandemic quickly and efficiently. Even though, they have positive response towards identifying signs and symptoms, provide education and utilization of PPE, they are still lacking in practical responses like managing cases, implementing emergency plans and isolation procedures from many others. Conclusion: As the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia Public health institute and Oromia health bureau are vigilant and continually conducting preventive measures programs, extensive and maximum effort should be done to improve healthcare providers’ preparedness and response towards any emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic.

Subject Areas

preparedness; response; COVID-19; Ethiopia; Oromia

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