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Table 7 Variations in health worker practices by region represented

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

  Central (n = 171) (%) P value West Nile (n = 69) (%) P value South Western (n = 35) (%) P value Northern (n = 95) (%) P value Total (n = 370) (%)
Patients should be placed in adequately ventilated rooms 90 0.0959 97 0.3173 97 0.4664 97 0.2485 94
Face-to-face meetings have been avoided, giving preference to phone calls, email or virtual meetings 90 0.4416 91 0.7808 97 0.2857 96 0.1785 92
Health care workers are aware of respiratory and hand hygiene and prevention of healthcare-associated infections 88 0.1361 96 0.2436 97 0.2857 95 0.3192 92
Ventilation around workspaces have been improved 85 0.1877 96 0.0742 94 0.3583 89 1.0000 89
Facility has trained management, workers and their representatives on management of COVID at the facility 82 0.0609 91 0.4743 94 0.2878 94 0.0928 88
Workers with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged not to come to the workplace and to follow the guidance of the local authorities 87 0.5379 87 0.6669 91 0.3356 78 0.1009 85
Staff are informed on what to do when they suspect to have COVID 86 0.5491 77 0.1567 89 0.4360 86 0.6321 84
Hospital has an active taskforce to manage COVID 83 0.777 74 0.1223 74 0.2465 91 0.0337 82
The facility has a monitoring and evaluation mechanism of the COVID prevention strategies and plans 74 0.0643 84 0.5564 91 0.1427 87 0.1729 81
Staff has been assisted to minimize the direct contact with customers and ensure personal hygiene practices such as hand washing and use of hand sanitizers 81 0.7858 75 0.3479 80 1.0000 80 1.0000 80
A culture of hand washing and/or sanitization is promoted at the facility 82 0.4182 75 0.4593 80 0.8896 77 0.6720 79
Droplets and contact precautions are recommended for febrile and coughing patients 76 0.6056 76 0.7144 79 0.8914 83 0.2862 78
Social distancing is promoted in congregate settings where clients gather 79 0.6041 72 0.371 89 0.1016 73 0.4148 77
Good respiratory (e.g. face mask) hygiene is promoted and communicated 78 0.7964 71 0.2842 86 0.2215 76 0.8370 77
One- meter distance between beds is ensured regardless of whether patients are suspected of having COVID-19 70 0.4701 78 0.3865 77 0.6094 72 0.8453 73
Patients, and visitors are aware of respiratory and hand hygiene and prevention of healthcare-associated infections 69 0.4748 72 1.000 86 0.0742 71 0.8470 72
HCW are applying standard precautions for all patients 67 0.3468 73 0.7362 77 0.4528 73 0.7007 71
Surfaces (e.g. Desks and workstations, doorknobs, telephones keyboards and working objects) are regularly wiped with disinfectant 74 0.2358 51 0.0038* 83 0.0838 68 0.8513 69
Workers who come in direct contact with clients have been provided with personal protective equipment 71 0.4836 66 0.7446 71 0.7151 63 0.3558 68
Hospital has written COVID-19 preparedness plans and accessible to all staff 63 0.2527 69 0.8701 80 0.1427 72 0.4533 68
A person has been assigned responsibility for communications with staff, regarding the status and impact of COVID-19 58 0.0726 68 0.7472 77 0.1866 74 0.1375 66
Risk of COVID in travel has been assessed. Non essential travel has been avoided 63 0.4966 66 1.0000 86 0.0157* 63 0.5839 66
Shifts have been introduced to avoid large concentrations of workers in the facilities 61 0.2592 63 0.6307 71 0.5499 74 0.1375 66
A person has been assigned responsibility for communications with health authorities regarding the status and impact of COVID-19 58 0.1177 70 0.4221 83 0.0312* 66 0.8553 65
Facility maintains regular communication with workers and workers’ representatives, including over the internet, or when not possible, over the phone 65 1.0000 63 0.7499 69 0.6350 64 0.8557 65
A person has been assigned responsibility for communications with patients, and their families regarding COVID-19 58 0.5081 52 0.1624 74 0.1301 68 0.2094 61
The facility has mapped the COVID risks/hazards of all workpoints and covering all jobs 63 0.5064 51 0.164 66 0.4882 58 0.7234 60
Workers are assisted to manage any emerging psychosocial risks, new forms of work arrangements, and in the promotion and maintenance of healthy lifestyles 62 0.1892 50 0.3582 54 0.8201 49 0.2221 56
Non-critical staff have been asked to work from home or to stay at home 49 0.3871 52 0.8787 54 0.9099 58 0.3836 53
Staff safety and health has been included in the contingency plans, including the modification of staffing 49 0.3861 38 0.2826 57 0.1739 36 0.1145 45