“I don’t want to have anything to do with someone suspected of COVID-19”: a genuine infection avoidance interests or inappropriate concerns related to stigma?

Journal of Public Health in Africa

 
 
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Title “I don’t want to have anything to do with someone suspected of COVID-19”: a genuine infection avoidance interests or inappropriate concerns related to stigma?
 
Creator Abubakari, Sulemana Apraku, Edward Nyame, Solomon Agbokey, Francis Afari-Asiedu, Samuel Gyaase, Stephaney Gyan, Thomas Febir, Lawrence Gyabaa Abokyi, Livesy Asante, Kwaku Poku
 
Subject — COVID-19; avoidance; stigma; discrimination; Kintampo
Description Background: Human existence is being challenged by an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 that began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Efforts to avoid the spread of COVID-19 are undermined by the appearance of disease-associated avoidance of infected persons due to reasons such as social stigma and discrimination.Objective: This study seeks to investigate avoidance and discrimination against persons suspected of COVID-19 in a predominantly rural setting in Ghana.Methods: The study is a cross-sectional survey. A random sample of 517 individuals drawn from a health and demographic surveillance system database was used for this study. Participants resided in six contiguous districts and municipalities of predominantly rural setting in the Bono East Region of Ghana.Results:  The findings showed that majority (60%) of the respondents agreed that they won’t have anything to do with someone suspected of COVID-19. However, 67% of them were willing to accommodate persons that recovered from the infection. Majority (91%) of respondents agreed that there is a need to adopt tolerant attitude towards persons who recovered from the infection, whilst another 98% also reported the need to show compassion towards persons who recovered from COVID-19.Conclusion: There is a high-level avoidance of persons suspected of COVID-19, but little or no discrimination of those who recovered from the infection.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2023-01-27
 
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Identifier 10.4081/jphia.2023.2099
 
Source Journal of Public Health in Africa; Vol 14, No 1 (2023); 7 2038-9930 2038-9922
 
Language eng
 
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