Perceptions about COVID-19 preventive measures among Ghanaian women

Kyei-Arthur, Frank and Agyekum, Martin Wiredu and Afrifa-Anane, Grace Frempong and Larbi, Reuben Tete and Kisaakye, Peter (2023) Perceptions about COVID-19 preventive measures among Ghanaian women. PLoS One, 18 (4). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Though the advent of COVID-19 vaccines has significantly reduced severe morbidity and mortality, infection rates continue to rise. Therefore, adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures remains essential in the fight against the pandemic, particularly in Africa, where vaccination rates remain low. However, the perceived risk associated with COVID-19 and public education and awareness campaigns has waned over time. COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is consistently high among women globally. This study, therefore, assessed the facilitators, and barriers to adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures. A qualitative descriptive study was conducted among Ghanaian women. Twenty-seven in-depth interviews were conducted with women in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions. All interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim into English. The data were analysed using NVivo 10 software. While some participants found the use of face masks as the easiest, others found it as the most difficult. In addition, institutional and policy decisions such as access to water and the use of public transport impacted individual level adherence to preventive measures. In conclusion, the fight against COVID-19 is not over; hence public education and the provision of facilities that would enhance compliance with preventive measures should continue to be prioritised.

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Journal Article
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PLoS One
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199324
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Deposited On:
21 Jul 2023 13:30
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Yes
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Published
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22 Sep 2023 00:54