Willingness of Hospital Staff to work in Isolation Centres

Norbertta E Anegbe, Victoria T Akin-Dosumu, Olugbemiga L Abodunrin, Wasiu Adebimpe


Background: In disease control, isolation centres are needed to prevent the spread of diseases. There are factors that increase or reduce willingness of health care workers who are at the frontline of outbreak response to work in these isolation centres.

Objective: To ascertain the willingness of health care workers to work in isolation centres.

Methods: A cross sectional survey among 112 health care workers selected from 4 states within 2 geopolitical zones in Nigeria participated in the study with the use of Google forms using the convienience sampling. Responses from google form was converted to Microsoft Excel and then exported to SPSS version 21.0 for analysis. Results were presented in the form of frequency tables and bivariate analysis done.

Results: The mean age of the respondents was 36.7+4.6years and 65(58.0%) of them were male while 96(85.7%) were currently married while 60(53.6%) belongs to Yoruba ethnic group. Only 60 (53.6%) and 63 (56.3%) reported that they will be willing to work in the isolation unit on permanent and rotational basis respectively. Reasons provided for willingness are the fact that it is part of their duty 46(73.0%) or being the area of interest 37(58.7%). Reasons for non-willingness are inadequate supply of PPE 10(90.1%) and the risk exposure they are likely to face 8(72.7%).There is no statistical significance between socio-demographic characteristics in determining the respondents’ willingness to work in the isolation unit.

Conclusion: Socio demographic characteristics have no significant association in determining the health professional’s willingness to work in isolation centres.


Willingness to work, Isolation centre, Coronavirus disease-19, Personal protective equipment


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