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|Title: ||Health care workers indicate ill preparedness for ebola virus disease outbreak in Ashanti region of Ghana|
|Authors: ||Sylverken, Augustina Angelina|
Yar, Denis Dekugmen
Biney, Eno Akua
Forson, Paa Kobina
|Keywords: ||Ebola Virus disease|
|Issue Date: ||6-Jun-2017|
|Publisher: ||BMJ Publishing Group Ltd|
|Citation: ||Annan et al. BMC Public Health (2017) 17:546. Health care workers indicate ill preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Ashanti Region of Ghana. DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4474-6|
|Abstract: ||Background: The recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic that hit some countries in West Africa underscores the
need to train front line high-risk health workers on disease prevention skills. Although Ghana did not record (and is
yet to) any case, and several health workers have received numerous training schemes, there is no record of any
study that assessed preparedness of healthcare workers (HCWS) regarding EVD and any emergency prone disease
in Ghana. We therefore conducted a hospital based cross sectional study involving 101 HCWs from two facilities in
Kumasi, Ghana to assess the level of preparedness of HCWs to respond to any possible EVD.
Methods: We administered a face-to-face questionnaire using an adapted WHO (2015) and CDC (2014) Checklist
for Ebola Preparedness and assessed overall knowledge gaps, and preparedness of the Ghanaian HCWs in selected
health facilities of the Ashanti Region of Ghana from October to December 2015.
Results: A total 92 (91.09%) HCWs indicated they were not adequately trained to handle an EVD suspected case.
Only 25.74% (n = 26) considered their facilities sufficiently equipped to handle and manage EVD patients. When
asked which disinfectant to use after attending to and caring for a suspected patient with EVD, only 8.91% (n = 9)
could correctly identify the right disinfectant (χ2 = 28.52, p = 0.001).
Conclusion: Our study demonstrates poor knowledge and ill preparedness and unwillingness of many HCWs to
attend to EVD. Beyond knowledge acquisition, there is the need for more training from time to time to fully
prepare HCWs to handle any possible EVD case.|
|Description: ||An article published by BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and also available at DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4474-6|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Science|
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