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Health care workers indicate ill preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Ashanti Region of Ghana

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, June 2017
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Title
Health care workers indicate ill preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Ashanti Region of Ghana
Published in
BMC Public Health, June 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4474-6
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Authors

Augustina Angelina Annan, Denis Dekugmen Yar, Michael Owusu, Eno Akua Biney, Paa Kobina Forson, Portia Boakye Okyere, Akosua Adumea Gyimah, Ellis Owusu-Dabo

Abstract

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. 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. 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 (χ(2) = 28.52, p = 0.001). 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.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 83 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 18 22%
Student > Bachelor 15 18%
Researcher 14 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 5%
Other 11 13%
Unknown 14 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 24 29%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 18%
Social Sciences 6 7%
Engineering 5 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 4%
Other 9 11%
Unknown 21 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 28. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 April 2020.
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