Psychosocial Impact of COVID 19 Pandemic on Healthcare Workers in Selected Hospitals in Khartoum State, Khartoum, Sudan, 2020
Zeinab Swar Eldahab MBBS, MD, Mohamed Al Seiddig, Gaffar Alemam,Mohammed Ishag, Abdullatif Yasir, Mohammed Hussein, Almothanna Zaki, Ammar Tarig

Background: COVID-19 is highly transmissible disease from human to human and associated with high morbidity and fatality. The outbreak affects not only physical health of infected individuals but also psychological and mental health. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are the most vulnerable group to the mental health effects of this pandemic Objective: Assessment of psychological status and the potential risk factors of healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Method: A total number of 163 health care workers (doctors and nurses) dealing with suspected COVID-19 patients were selected from accessible hospitals adopting COVID-19 management protocols. Data was collected by the medical students research team using anonymous online Google form questionnaire. Data was analyzed using SPSS computer program. Result: Participants had a mean age of 26.4±3.6 years, predominantly females (54.6%,) and 87.7% of them were medical doctorsalmost76% and 68% had a mild form of depression and anxiety respectively, 14.6% showed moderately severe depression. Most of them were not trained on how to use personal protective equipment. The majority of the HWs believe that PPEs protect against COVID19 infection. There is increased financial stress among HWs compared to pre pandemic period.

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