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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 109-114

Knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) for preventing the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic among libyan health care workers

1 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medical Technology, Zawia University, Zawia, Libya
2 Department of Medical Laboratories, Faculty of Medical Technology, Zawia University, Zawia, Libya
3 Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medical Technology, Zawia University, Zawia, Libya
4 Department of Biomedicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Zawia University, Zawia, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nada A B. Hweissa
Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medical Technology, Zawia University, Zawia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/LJMS.LJMS_54_20

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Background/Aim: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, also referred to as the coronavirus (CoV) pandemic, is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. It is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome CoV 2. Health-care workers (HCWs) are at amplified risk of infection of CoV due to the nature of their work. This study aims to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice toward (COVID-19) among Libyan HCWs. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out from the 5th until the 15th of April 2020; data were collected through an online questionnaire. The study sample was not restricted to specific cities; any Libyan HCW could join. The 318 participants were Libyan residents from the various cities who had completed the online questionnaire. Results: The majority of participants were from the capital Tripoli (34.9%), Zawia (32.4%), and Benghazi (9.1%). More modest rates of responding HCWs were divided among 27 other Libyan cities. Of the participants, 79.9% were positive they have sufficient information about COVID-19, and 69.8% were following updates regarding the outbreak. Their main sources of information were health-care providers (33.3%), social media (30.2%), and journal articles (29.2%). Conclusion: Most of the Libyan HCWs had good knowledge for virus, and the knowledge scores were significantly associated with the age difference. In addition, they had a positive attitude for COVID-19. The findings will assist authorities to establish the essential educational programs to provide advanced learning by providing necessary recommendations and deliver the best practice to control the pandemic. Essentially, these procedures will ensure their health and safety.

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