Assessment of Anxiety due to COVID-19 among the Surgery Staff of the René ESSOMBA Theater "BORE" at the Yaoundé Central Hospital

  • Biwole Daniel
  • Messina Ebogo
  • Bombah Freddy
  • Enrique Zoa Nkoa
  • Yannick Ekani Boukar
  • Daniel Handy Eone
Keywords: Anxiety, COVID-19, Operating theater, Operating room


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on healthcare systems worldwide, including surgical disciplines. To date, only a few studies have assessed the effects of the ongoing pandemic on the mental state of those potentially exposed through their daily activities, such as operating theatre staff. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence of anxiety among the operating theatre staff "BORE" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: From 13 January to 19 February 2021, we conducted a cross-sectional study using a pre-designed online form. This form was disseminated to participants via social networks. The data collection form was divided into three parts: one part was for socio-demographic information, the second part was for professional information, and the third part was for assessing the anxiety score by the Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAM-A).

Results: A total of 42 questionnaires were fully completed and retained for analysis. The sex ratio was 1.67, with 16 men and 26 women. COVID-19 anxiety with mild severity (HS ˂ 17) was found in 22 (55.4%) of the participants, and 33.3% had moderate to severe depression, while 11.3% had severe anxiety.

Conclusion: About 4/5 of the participants in our survey suffered from anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study highlights the need for psychological assistance for health care workers, especially the operating theatre staff of the Yaounde Central Hospital.


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How to Cite
Daniel, B., Ebogo, M., Freddy, B., Nkoa, E. Z., Boukar, Y. E., & Eone, D. H. (2021). Assessment of Anxiety due to COVID-19 among the Surgery Staff of the René ESSOMBA Theater "BORE" at the Yaoundé Central Hospital. Journal of SARS-CoV-2 Research, 1, 19 - 25.