COVID-19: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices among the Scholarly Cohorts of Nepal

Authors

  • Mohan Kumar Sharma Graduate School of Education (GSE), Faculty of Education, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Shanti Prasad Khanal Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Jib Acharya ANC Premium Services Ltd., UK
  • Ramesh Adhikari Mahendra Ratna Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Chitra Bahadur Budhathoki Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/njst.v20i2.45777

Keywords:

Coronavirus, disease, knowledge, attitudes, practices, Nepal

Abstract

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered microorganism called corona virus, a pandemic. Knowledge, attitudes and practices are prime components that play a crucial role in spreading the disease. These elements would support focusing on the people with underlying medical problems, and old-aged people, including children, are more likely to be susceptible. The main objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices amongst the students, teachers, and health workers, including staff members of the NGOs/INGOs. This cross-sectional study was done, including 224 respondents. A self-administered-structured questionnaire comprised of nineteen structured questions exploring the pandemic’s knowledge, attitudes and practices was done. The data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 25.0. Of the total, 67.4% were males, and 32.6% were females. Nearly 50% of the respondents were with M-Phil/PhD degrees, while 4.9% had a secondary level. The study revealed that 28.0% of the participants knew about the pandemic, 41.0% had positive attitudes, and 54.0% experienced good practices. The knowledge level on the pandemic was statistically significant where attitudes and practices were poor. This study suggests that public health approaches such as awareness, masseducation campaigns, etc., are urgently required to control the outbreaks strongly associated with the community’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours.

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Sharma, M. K., Khanal, S. P., Acharya, J., Adhikari, R., & Budhathoki, C. B. (2021). COVID-19: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices among the Scholarly Cohorts of Nepal. Nepal Journal of Science and Technology, 20(2), 75–84. https://doi.org/10.3126/njst.v20i2.45777

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