Saudi Journal for Health Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 95--102

Assessment of the knowledge and practices of holy mosque visitors toward coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic


Hamza Assaggaf1, Radi Alsafi2, Dina Alsorrori2, Asma Almuntashri2, Sara Alzahrani2, Shahad Aladeeqi2, Omar B Ahmed4, Osama A Attala3, Majid A Bamaga4 
1 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Umm Al-Qura University; Department of Environmental and Health Research, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research, Umm Al-Qura University; Department of Environmental and Health Research, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research at Al-Madinah Branch, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Environmental and Health Research, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Environmental and Health Research, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research; University Medical Center, Umm Al-Qura university, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Hamza Assaggaf
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences College, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah 21955
Saudi Arabia

Background: Since millions of Muslims visit the Holy Mosque in Makkah, it is essential to highlight that such mass gatherings carry a risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission. In this study, we assessed the level of knowledge and practices among visitors to the Holy Mosque related to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of Holy Mosque visitors was conducted in Makkah from January 19, to February 9, 2020, using a self-administered electronic questionnaire. Knowledge and practices scores were compared and multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify the association between variables. Results: A total of 451 participants were interviewed, while 413 completed the questionnaire and were eligible for inclusion. The range of correct answer rate was 13.1%–93.5%. The mean knowledge score was 11.3 with a 64.9% correct response rate, while the mean practices score was 2.92 with a 73.2% correct response rate. The knowledge score was significantly different among nationalities and education levels (P < 0.05). A higher level of education was associated with better knowledge regarding SARS-CoV-2 (odds ratio 1.18, P = 0.028). Conclusions: Most of the visitors to the Holy Mosque had an appropriate level of knowledge and practices related to SARS-CoV-2 infection; however, there is room for improvement in some areas.


How to cite this article:
Assaggaf H, Alsafi R, Alsorrori D, Almuntashri A, Alzahrani S, Aladeeqi S, Ahmed OB, Attala OA, Bamaga MA. Assessment of the knowledge and practices of holy mosque visitors toward coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.Saudi J Health Sci 2021;10:95-102


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Assaggaf H, Alsafi R, Alsorrori D, Almuntashri A, Alzahrani S, Aladeeqi S, Ahmed OB, Attala OA, Bamaga MA. Assessment of the knowledge and practices of holy mosque visitors toward coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Saudi J Health Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 30 ];10:95-102
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