Research Article
Volume 17 Issue 2 - 2021
Assessment of Public Transport Drivers Knowledge, Attitude and Practices to Use Personal Protective Equipment for Anticipation of Covid-19 Transmission in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia
Minale Fekadie Baye* and Endriyas Kelta Wabalo
Department of Biochemistry, School of Biomedical Sciences, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author: Minale Fekadie Baye, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Medical Biochemistry Unit, Institute of Health, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia.
Received: January 23, 2021; Published: January 30, 2021


Background: The coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic is highly infectious disease as it reached all countries in the world within a record short period of time. Upto date, there is no confirmed treatment drug or vaccine for tackling speared of corona virus disease 19 (COVID-19). Hence effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is key to mitigating the spread of corona virus disease 19 (COVID-19) in the community. This study aimed to assess Public Transport Drivers Knowledge, Attitude and Practice to Use personal protective equipment for anticipation of COVID-19 Transmission in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia.

Methods: Cross sectional descriptive study design was conducted among 422 Public transport derivers in Jimma Town Southwest Ethiopia. Data were collected from October to December 2020. A structured and pre-tested self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data. Data analysis was done by using SPSS VERSION 24.

Results: A total of 422 respondents were included in the study with a response rate of 100%. 421 (99.8%) were males and 1 (0.2%) were females. Their mean age was 24 ± 2.66 years. The proportions of the participants who had poor knowledge about the Use personal protective equipment for anticipation of COVID-19 Transmission in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia was 420 (99.5%). About 256 (60.7) of public transport derivers had positive attitude towards the Use personal protective equipment for anticipation of COVID-19 Transmission in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia. 245 (57.6%) of the participants agreed their work place is highly risk for getting a COVID-19 pandemic. Among the participants 217 (51.4% was found to be good practice to use personal protective equipment for anticipation of COVID-19 Transmission in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia.

Conclusion: Most of Public transport derivers in Jimma Town southwest Ethiopia were poor knowledge about the Use personal protective equipment for anticipation of COVID-19 Transmission in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia. But their attitude and practices is higher than their knowledge. Hence serious education is required to up raise their knowledge in order to tackle the transmission of COVID-19 in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia.


Keyword: COVID-19; PPE; Public Transport Drivers; Attitude; Knowledge; Practice


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Citation: Minale Fekadie Baye and Endriyas Kelta Wabalo. “Assessment of Public Transport Drivers Knowledge, Attitude and Practices to Use Personal Protective Equipment for Anticipation of Covid-19 Transmission in Jimma Town, Southwest, Ethiopia” EC Microbiology 17.2 (2021): 261-273.

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