EXPOSURES AND RISK FACTORS OF CORONA VIRUS AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND NEED FOR PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN COMBINED MILITARY HOSPITAL RAWALPINDI

  • Fuad Ahmad Siddiqi Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Sobia Mehreen Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Adeel Ahmed Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Tariq Bashir Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Javed Ahmad Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Fayyaz Hassan Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Fatima Mahmood Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: COVID-19, Health care workers, Risk factors

Abstract

Objective: Prospective To determine the various risk factors and exposures for spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) among health care workers working at Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi.

Study Design: Cross sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, from Apr to Jul 2020.

Methodology: A total of 134 health care workers who were infected with COVID-19, were included in study. A structured questionnaire was attained after informed consent and approval from hospital ethical committee. Data was analyzed using SPSS-19 statistical software.

Results: Overall, 134 of 2591 Health care workers (Health care workers) in Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi tested positive for COVID-19 during the study period. The infection rate was 5.17%. Among them 25 (18.7%) were women and 109 (81.3%) were men. There was not statistical difference in infection rate between male and female health care workers p=0.156). The infection rate in clinical category was significantly higher than non-clinical category (p<0.001. The infection rate in nursing assistants was significantly higher than the doctors (p=0.021). Personal protective equipment was optimally provided to health care workers except for goggles and face shields whose provision and use were both lacking.

Conclusion: Health care workers are at high risk of developing COVID-19. There is need for extensive training, easy availability of personal protective equipment and strict compliance to infection control policies.

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Published
2021-08-27
How to Cite
Siddiqi, F., Mehreen, S., Ahmed, A., Bashir, T., Ahmad, J., Hassan, F., & Mahmood, F. (2021). EXPOSURES AND RISK FACTORS OF CORONA VIRUS AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND NEED FOR PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN COMBINED MILITARY HOSPITAL RAWALPINDI. PAFMJ, 71(4), 1382-86. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v71i4.4951
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