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Table 6 COVID-19 practices

From: Healthworker preparedness for COVID-19 management and implementation experiences: a mixed methods study in Uganda’s refugee-hosting districts

HCW/facility practices Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
n % n % n % n %
Patients, visitors aware of COVID-19 prevention practices 23 6.2 81 21.9 194 52.4 69 18.7
HCWs aware of COVID-19 prevention practices 5 1.4 24 6.5 188 50.8 150 40.5
HCWs apply standard precautions for all patients 18 4.9 89 24.1 173 46.8 83 22.4
Droplets and contact precautions recommended for febrile, coughing patients 22 5.9 57 15.4 181 48.9 102 27.6
Patients should be placed in adequately ventilated rooms 3 0.8 20 5.4 164 44.3 174 47.0
One-meter distance between beds ensured for all patients 35 9.5 65 17.6 154 41.6 111 30.0
Hospital has an active COVID-19 taskforce 16 4.3 47 12.7 155 41.9 141 38.1
Hospital has written COVID-19 preparedness plans 36 9.7 95 25.7 146 39.5 87 23.5
People are assigned to communicate status and impact of COVID-19 to staff 40 10.8 79 21.4 165 44.6 85 23.0
People are assigned to communicate status and impact of COVID-19 with authorities 37 10.0 88 23.8 160 43.2 82 22.2
People are assigned to communicate with patients about COVID-19 29 7.8 101 27.3 172 46.5 67 18.1
Facility has mapped the COVID-19 risks/hazards for all work points 26 7.0 117 31.6 165 44.6 59 15.9
Staff safety is included in contingency plans 48 13.0 100 27.0 168 45.4 51 13.8
Non-critical staff asked to work from home 103 27.8 101 27.3 112 30.3 52 14.1
Shifts introduced to avoid HCW concentrations 82 22.2 93 25.1 125 33.8 69 18.7
Facility has a COVID-19 M&E mechanism 51 13.8 76 20.5 179 48.4 63 17.0
Facility trained management, workers on COVID-19 management 25 6.8 46 12.4 185 50.0 111 30.0
Staff assisted to minimize direct contact with customers, ensure personal hygiene 16 4.3 29 7.8 190 51.4 134 36.2
Workers in direct contact with clients have PPEs 27 7.3 48 13.0 182 49.2 111 30.0
Risk of COVID-19 in travel has been assessed 48 13.0 70 18.9 179 48.4 69 18.7
Facility maintains regular communication with workers 50 13.5 76 20.5 166 44.9 76 20.5
HCWs assisted to manage any emerging psychosocial risks 44 11.9 86 23.2 179 48.4 59 15.9
Virtual meetings preferred to Face-to-face meetings 59 15.9 102 27.6 132 35.7 72 19.5
Hand washing and/or sanitization culture promoted 9 2.4 19 5.1 151 40.8 188 50.8
Surfaces regularly wiped with disinfectants 16 4.3 60 16.2 161 43.5 131 35.4
Workspace ventilation is improved 28 7.6 86 23.2 166 44.9 87 23.5
Good respiratory hygiene promoted and communicated 7 1.9 33 8.9 167 45.1 161 43.5
Social distancing is promoted in congregate settings 27 7.3 58 15.7 157 42.4 127 34.3
HCWs suspected COVID-19 encouraged to self-isolate 22 5.9 62 16.8 148 40.0 135 36.5
HCWs informed what to do when they suspect to have COVID-19 13 3.5 41 11.1 182 49.2 131 35.4
Facility has planned disinfecting areas 14 3.8 43 11.6 177 47.8 133 35.9