RESEARCH ARTICLE: The impact of COVID-19 on pharmacy students in Sudan: A cross-sectional survey

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2020.202.276282

Keywords:

COVID-19, Pharmacy Education, Pharmacy Students, Sudan

Abstract

Background: The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has impacted many aspects of life. Several studies have investigated the effect of this pandemic on academic activities. Yet, no studies addressed the impact of COVID-19 on students in Sudan. This study examines the impact of COVID-19 on Sudanese undergraduate pharmacy students.  

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online questionnaire delivered to undergraduate pharmacy students.   

Results: A total of 137 students responded to the survey. The majority were female (74.5%) and were students in private colleges (60.6%).  Majority of the students (95.0%) were affected by COVID-19 crisis and about half of the respondents (54.0%) were depressed and 85.4% reported a decreased level of concentration. In spite of these challenges, majority of our respondents were still motivated (85.3%) to continue their education on campus. 

Conclusion: Despite unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacy students in Sudan are motivated to continue their studies, and they want the traditional teaching model to resume. It is time to invest more in education and rethink delivery of pharmacy education in Sudan during public health emergencies. There is no better time than now. 

Author Biographies

Noon Abubakr Abdelrahman Kamil, Fatima College of Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates

Pharmacy Department

Salma Elmukashfi Eltahir Mohammed, Uppsala University, Sweden

Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences

Yasir Ahmed Mohammed Elhadi, Sudanese Medical Research Association, Sudan

Pharmacy Department, Medical Research Office

Mohamed Babiker Musa, Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan

Faculty of Pharmacy

Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Faculty of Pharmacy

Don Eliseo-Lucero Prisno III, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Department of Global Health and Development

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Published

19/11/2020

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COVID-19 Research Paper