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Knowledge, attitude, and practice of public personnel and COVID-19 containment

 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Nigeria

Date of Submission19-Jun-2020
Date of Decision30-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance30-Jun-2020

Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit,
Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_346_20

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Wiwanitkit V. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of public personnel and COVID-19 containment. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2021 May 10]. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=309187

The COVID-19 pandemic calls for global collaboration and management. The public management of COVID-19 in each setting is necessary and there are many public policies for management of the crisis. To implement and run any public health policies, there are many public personnel who have to work hard for COVID-19 containment. To reach the aim of disease control, the proficiency of public personnel in disease containment is important. The study on Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) regarding COVID-19 among public staffs that play roles in disease containment is interesting. The publication on “KAPs among Police force toward COVID-19 Pandemic during lockdown in Pune, India - An online cross-sectional survey[1]” is a good example.

Good KAP for practicing during COVID-19 is necessary. The high KAP level can imply that it is likely to success. For public work during COVID-19 crisis, the public staffs have to be effective and have safe work. If there are gaps in KAP, it is unlikely to achieve this target. Of interest, the report on the KAP of public staffs such as medical staff and public health personnel from some areas show that many personnel have poor knowledge and this can imply the risk in practice and trend of failure in working to contain COVID-19.[2] The present report from a study in a group of Indian police is interesting; the good KAP can make us hope for the success of role of police in disease containment during the locking down period. The necessary knowledge is required for the actual practice in the real situation. The good attitude is also very important. To work in a crisis, fear, and stress is common and good attitude can be a tool promoting effective working. In fact, a monitoring of attitudes of public staffs during crisis might be required since it can indicate mid-course correction. Next, the good practice is also important since it is the final step that the actions occur for disease containment. To assess practice by questionnaire might not be sufficient and it is usually necessary to have a real situation monitoring.

Last, it should be noted that the good KAP of public staff is very important issue. Referring to the present racism crisis in the US, the defect of KAP of public staff might be an important underlying factor. The correct knowledge provision, adjustment aiming at good attitude and training for proficient practice are important for any public staff working during COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, the social data on IT control are very important since there is a trend of many problematic infodemic data during crisis such as fake news or racism promoting trend.[3] Indeed, to contain outbreak, a public staff usually has a stressful experience which without proper attitude, might lead to inappropriate decision-making. The problem in public health care regarding COVID-19 outbreak for the marginalized is a big emerging global public health issue to be addressed.

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Attitude, and Practices among Police Force Towards COVID -19 Pandemic During Lockdown in Pune, India-An Online Cross-Sectional Survey.  Back to cited text no. 1
Apaijitt P, Wiwanitkit VV. Knowledge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by medical personnel in a rural area of Thailand. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020;1. [doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.159]. Online ahead of print.  Back to cited text no. 2
Rovetta A, Bhagavathula AS. COVID-19-related web search behaviors and infodemic Attitudes in Italy: Infodemiological study. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2020;6:e19374.  Back to cited text no. 3


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