Community Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices against COVID-19 in Western Uganda
Isaac Echoru, Keneth Iceland Kasozi, Irene Mutuku Mukenya, Patricia Decanar Ajambo, Regan Mujinya, Fred Ssempijja, Herbert Izo Ninsiima, Samuel Sunday Dare, Grace Nambuya, Hope Onohuean, Ejike Daniel Eze , Rita Nabirumbi, Gerald Zirintunda , Emmanuel Tiyo Ayikobua On-Going
The World Health Organization (WHO) has established guidelines to help Africa deal with the pandemic; however, the success of these guidelines depends on community readiness to collaborate with the authorities. Aim: The study assessed knowledge, attitude and practices amongst Ugandans against WHO set guidelines for COVID-19. Method: This was a descriptive questionnaire study that involved 103 participants in western Uganda. The study took a period of two weeks in March 2020 amongst students and lecturers in western Uganda.
Questions were answered after consent using an online Q survey. Expected answers were awarded scores according to the number of questions. Summaries of median scores were generated and tabulated. Responses were all summarized in table formats. Results: The median score for respondents that strongly agreed to knowledge of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 was 80%. About, 63% of the respondents strongly agreed that they knew transmission means of COVID-19. Only 65% of the respondents strongly agreed that they practiced set measures towards COVID-19 management while 52% had a positive attitude towards COVID-19 management. Conclusion: Findings in this study demonstrate that Uganda has to strengthen current disease transmission messages, good health practice and revive peoples’ attitudes towards COVID-19 management. The Ugandan government has made good posters about prevention and symptoms on the ministry of health website however these need be translated and disseminated. Much of this information has been passed on media however since some people do not have smartphones, radios and television sets, it would be better to educate people through
charts, posters and billboards placed in various parts of the country.
Nature of Research output: