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KNOWLEDGE AMONG THE PHYSICIANS AND NURSING STAFF ABOUT COVID-19MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES IN QASSIM PROVINCE, SAUDI ARABIA

Dr. K. Chandra Sekhar*, Dr. Saulat Jahan and Dr. Metab AlGeffary

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Background: Generally epidemics and pandemics can occur periodically as a result of bad management of human and environmental activities separately as well as combination of both factors. COVID - 19 affected almost all continents where human population is resided and also 212 countries. Objectives: To determine the demographic factors, knowledge among the participants and prophylactic use of HCQS in COVID -19 as per Saudi CDC guidelines in the study population. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the physicians and nurses in Saudi Arabia. Data was collected through google forms as the epidemic in heighted situation and also to maintain social distancing purpose. Questionnaire was circulated as a link through whatsaap groups and e mail communication. Duration of the data collection was 2 weeks. Data was entered in SPSS version 21.0 and necessary statistical tests were applied. Results: In the present study, total of 69 participants were responded. About 68.1 percent were males and 31.9 percent were females. About 60.9% were Saudi participants and 39.1 percent were non Saudi participants. One of the interesting finding was about drug used in COVID - 19 supportive care, about 92.8% were answered correct and in case of dose and duration of treatment of COVID - 19 management mild to moderate category was 44.9%. There was significant association was observed between the male gender, Saudi nationality with knowledge on duration of COVID - 19 management (P< 0.05). Conclusions: Based on the results, about antiviral drug indication in COVID - 19 supportive care and regarding HCQS prophylaxis almost three fourth people answered correctly. As a result of pandemic increasing globally, need to increase the capacity building in relation to treatment and management protocols to all health care professionals to combat the unforeseen situation of COVID - 19 control and eradication.

Keywords: Age, Physicians, Nursing staff, Knowledge, COVID - 19 management, HCQS.


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