Knowledge and Attitudes of Population Living in Rural and Semi-Rural Areas towards Covid-19 :Case of the Menoua Division, Cameroon

Eméline Zogning Makemjio1,2,Armand Tiotsia Tsapi2,3, Eric Défo Tamgno2,4, Ghyslaine Bruna Djeunang Dongho2,3, Georges Nguefack-Tsague5, Carla Montesano1,2, Vittorio Colizzi1,2, Gianluca Russo3, Martin Sanou Sobze6.

1Department of Experimental Medicine and surgery, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Rome, Italy
2Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Evangelical University of Cameroon, Bandjoun, Cameroon
3Department of Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Public Health; University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy.
4Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Economic Health, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium.
5Departement of Public Heath, Faculty of Medicine and biomedical sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon
6Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon


Background: The pandemic situation the world is facing caused b􏰋 the new SARS-Cov-2 continues to evolve and still represent a real problem. with more than eight thousand reported cases infection, Cameroon stands as the seventh most affected country in Africa. Prevention remains the best way to fight against this zoonosis. however, the limited information available about this infection is a great barrier to stopping the propagation of the virus within the population, especially in rural and semi-rural areas, where the lack of financial and material resources is a reality. This study aimed to assessing Awareness and attitudes of the population of the Menoua 􏰊ivision on COVID-19 infection.

Methods: A cross-sectional stud􏰋 was conducted from March 9 to April 15 2020 amongst the populations of rural and semi-rural areas of the Menoua 􏰊ivision. 􏰊ata were collected using a questionnaire administered face to face to each participant. The analysis was carried out using the Statistical Analysis S􏰋stem software (SAS version 9.4). The significance threshold was set at a P value of less than 0.05.

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