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COVID-19 prevention and control: a study of the knowledge, awareness and attitude towards the disease among radiology departments staff in Sudan

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Introduction. In the wake of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to strictly follow all the standard infection prevention and control measures (SICPs) of the World Health Organization (WHO). SICPs is a scientific approach and practical solution designed to prevent harm caused by infection to patients and health workers.

Objective. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge and practice of standard measures of IPCs among the staff of the radiology departments in Sudan.

Material and methods. A qualitative survey was conducted using a questionnaire distributed via email among radiology staff in thirty-three different hospitals in Sudan. The questionnaire was developed by the authors, with help from scientific literature to cover key areas of knowledge, awareness and attitude regarding infection prevention and control guidelines of COVID-19.

Results. A total of 68.3% of the study group knew the guidelines established by WHO to deal with COVID-19 patients or suspected cases. 65% of the respondents had previous training in hand hygiene and about 75% of them had sufficient knowledge in hand hygiene, observed during their routine clinical practices. 69.2% of respondents used portable imaging equipment to limit the transportation of COVID-19 patients and 69.2% were aware that the patients were wearing a surgical mask when entering and leaving the radiology department.

Conclusions. The radiology departments staff in Sudan is fairly aware of SICPs. They are strictly following standard guidelines for infection, prevention and management of COVID-19 issued by WHO.

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Mustafa Z. MAHMOUD
Radiology and Medical Imaging Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
Address: PO Box: 422, 11942 Saudi Arabia
E-mail: m.alhassen@psau.edu.sa; Phone +96 611 588 6331

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Elgyoum AMA, Zidan MMA, Alonazi B, Mahmoud MZ. COVID-19 prevention and control: a study of the knowledge, awareness and attitude towards the disease among radiology departments staff in Sudan. Arch Balk Med Union. 2020;55(3):410-417. https://doi.org/10.31688/ABMU.2020.55.3.05