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Application of 2019 coronavirus disease prevention measures in 2020 medical personnel in northwest Ethiopia

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Abstract: Background the outbreak of New Coronavirus s 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has affected the global social, economic and political background, and has become a major threat to health care providers. These patients are people who acquire and spread diseases while contacting and treating patients. Preventive recommendations must be followed to maintain safety and protection. Therefore, preventive measures against coronavirus diseases are the main practice of medical staff in northwest Ethiopia. method. From March to April 2020, an institution based cross-sectional study was conducted among 630 medical and nursing personnel in northwest Ethiopia. The study participants were selected by multi-stage sampling technique. Pre tested and structured self-administered questionnaires were used to collect data. The data were entered using Epi Info 7 and analyzed using STATA 16 statistical software. Both bivariate and multivariable logistic regression analyses were employed to identify associated factors. Adjusted odds ratio (AOR) with 95 confidence interval was used to determine independent predictors of COVID-19 preventive practice. In multivariable analysis, a variable with a value of less than 0.05 was considered as statically significant. Result. Among 630 healthcare workers participated in the study, the overall good preventive practice towards COVID-19 was found to be 38.73 (95 CI: 34.8, 42.5). Being a male healthcare provider (AOR = 1.48; 95 CI: 1.02, 2.10), having work experience of 6–10 years (AOR = 2.22; 95 CI: 1.23, 4.00), and having poor attitude towards COVID-19 (AOR = 2.22; 95 CI: 1.03, 2.22) were found to be significantly associated with poor COVID-19 preventive practice among healthcare workers. Conclusion. Overall compliance towards COVID-19 preventive practice among healthcare workers was found to be low. Multiple education and training platforms with focus on COVID-19 preventive measures and adequate personal protective equipment and supplies should be provided for healthcare providers.

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