A Survey of the Healthcare Workers in Afghanistan during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • 1 Department of Microbiology, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan;
  • 2 Department of Cardiology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China;
  • 3 Department of Dermatology, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan;
  • 4 Department of Dermatology, Guangdong Provincial Dermatology Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China;
  • 5 Department of Public Health, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India;
  • 6 Department of Dermatology, Alberoni University, Kapisa, Afghanistan;
  • 7 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan

Healthcare workers (HCWs) in Afghanistan faced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. A cross-sectional, online survey was conducted from July 4, 2020 to July 12, 2020 to evaluate the working conditions and health situation of HCWs in Afghanistan during the pandemic. Healthcare workers from 34 provinces, who were actively working in Afghan hospitals, were invited to participate in this study; 925 HCWs completed the survey. The results showed that 85% of the HCWs participated in the study were tested positive for COVID-19. This highlights the critical need of HCWs for personal protective equipment when caring for suspected and/or confirmed cases of the COVID-19.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Arash Nemat, Department of Microbiology, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, University Rd., Ali Abad, Jamaal Mina, Kabul 1006, Afghanistan. E-mail: dr.arashnemat@gmail.com

Disclosure: Ethical approval was obtained from the Department of Microbiology, Kabul University of Medical Sciences. Respondents’ participation was completely consensual, anonymous, and voluntary.

Authors’ addresses: Arash Nemat, Department of Microbiology, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan and Department of Cardiology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China, E-mail: dr.arashnemat@yahoo.com. Abdullah Asady, Department of Microbiology, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan, E-mail: asady.abdullah@gmail.com. Nahid Raufi, Department of Dermatology, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan, and Department of Dermatology, Guangdong Provincial Dermatology Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China, E-mail: dr.nahidraufi111@gmail.com. Naqeebullah Zaki, Department of Public Health, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, E-mail: zaki.naqeebullah@gmail.com. Ehsanullah Ehsan, Department of Dermatology, Alberoni University, Kapisa, Afghanistan, E-mail: ehsanullah.ansari2@gmail.com. Noor Ahmad Shah Noor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan, E-mail: dnoorahmad0@gmail.com. Qingchun Zeng, Department of Cardiology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China, E-mail: qingchunzeng@smu.edu.cn.

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