THE NHIS-BASED HEALTH WORKFORCE: AN EXPLORATION OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTION OF COVID-19.
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Keywords

COVID-19
Healthcare worker
Knowledge
NHIS clinic
Perception

Abstract

Aim: The knowledge and perception of COVID-19 was assessed amongst healthcare workers in the
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) clinic of a tertiary hospital in Nigeria.
Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted amongst healthcare workers in the
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) clinic of a tertiary hospital in Nigeria, which offers outpatient
primary care services to enrollees on the National Health Insurance Scheme of Nigeria. A pre-tested
semi-structured questionnaire was used to obtain data from the participants. Data analysis was done
using the IBM SPSS Statistics version 22.0 (Chicago, IL, USA) statistical software.
Results: There were 49 study participants with 22 males and 27 females (M:F = 1:1.2). The mean age
was 35.58.6years. All the study participants were aware of COVID-19 with television being the highest
source of information on COVID-19, followed by the internet and social media. Majority of the
respondents had fair knowledge of COVID-19 (n=25, 51.1%). Only occupation (p=0.03) was significantly
associated with knowledge of COVID-19. Majority of the respondents believed COVID-19 is real.
Conclusion: Whereas all the study participants were aware of COVID-19, most of them had fair
knowledge of the disease and believed COVID-19 is real.

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