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Table 3 Preparedness for an EVD outbreak by HCW category

From: Health care workers indicate ill preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Ashanti Region of Ghana

Question HCW category Total, (%)  
MDs (n = 20) Nurses (n = 77) PA (n = 4) Overall (n = 101) χ2, p-value
Whether facility is equipped to handle EVD cases 2.66, 0.62
 Yes 4 (3.96) 21 (20.79) 1 (0.99) 26 (25.74)  
 No 14 (13.86) 39 (38.61) 2 (1.98) 55 (54.46)
 I don’t know 2 (1.98) 17 (16.83) 1 (0.99) 10 (19.80)
Whether health staff agrees to be isolated or not 4.69, 0.321
 Yes 19 (18.81) 75 (74.26) 4 (3.96) 98 (97.03)  
 No 0 (0) 2 (1.98) 0 (0) 2 (1.98)
 Maybe 1 (0.99) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.99)
Willingness to attend to an EVD patient 8.03, 0.09
 Yes 9 (8.91) 36 (35.64) 0 (0) 45 (44.55)  
 No 6 (5.94) 25 (24.75) 4 (3.96) 35 (34.65)
 Maybe 5 (4.95) 16 (15.84) 0 (0) 21 (20.79)
Whether health staff is adequately trained or not 0.98, 0.614
 Yes 1 (0.99) 8 (7.92) 0 (0) 9 (8.91)  
 No 19 (18.81) 69 (68.32) 4 (3.96) 92 (91.09)
Confidence level in handling an EVD suspected patient 13.09, 0.11
 No confidence 3 (2.97) 15 (14.85) 1 (0.99) 19 (18.81)  
 Little confidence 10 (9.90) 13 (12.87) 1 (0.99) 24 (23.76)
 Confident 3 (2.97) 29 (28.71) 1 (0.99) 33 (32.67)
 Very confident 3 (2.97) 15 (14.85) 0 (0.99) 18 (17.82)
 Extremely confident 1 (0.99) 5 (4.95) 1 (0.99) 7 (6.93)
  1. MDs Medical Doctors, PA Physician Assistant