Epidemiological characteristics of the healthcare workers morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Bosnia Canton, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Sead Karakas Faculty of Medicine, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina Public Health Institute of the Central Bosnia Canton, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Almedina M. Hadzihasanovic Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ermina Kukic Public Health Institute of the Central Bosnia Canton, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mateja Ibrisimbegovic Public Health Institute of the Central Bosnia Canton, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina




Healthcare workers, COVID-19, Central Bosnia Canton, Morbidity rate


Background: Healthcare workers at all levels of the healthcare system are at the front line of the response to the COVID-19 epidemic and are consequently more exposed to risk of infection. To examine the characteristics of the healthcare workers morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic in the area of Central Bosnia Canton.

Methods: This research includes all healthcare workers of this Canton (n=2276) in the period from March 2020 to March 2022. A total of 666 health workers tested positive (RT-PCR method) for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV-2) in healthcare institutions.

Results: The average age of the patients was 45.16 (±11.93) (range 18-77 years old), with a median of 45 years old. Of the total number of positive patients, 68.2% were women, 165 or 24.77% were doctors, and 57.80% were other medical workers. Interactions with infected colleagues accounted for 28.4% of infections, 22.2% of infections occurred during patient care, 36.3% outside a healthcare facility, and in 13.1% the mode of infection was not confirmed. Due to the severity of the clinical status, a total of 74 people were hospitalized with a hospitalization rate of 11.11 (95% CI 8.78-13.87). The second positivity of the test (by RT-PCR method) was after 12.34 months from the first infection (mean=12.34: SD±4.270; median=13).

Conclusions: High rates of morbidity among healthcare workers certainly have a significant, long-term impact on the healthcare provision, especially in healthcare systems where there is a pronounced lack of professional workers.


Author Biography

Sead Karakas, Faculty of Medicine, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina Public Health Institute of the Central Bosnia Canton, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

O.U. Clinic for microbiology

Mr.sc.,MDSpecialist of medical microbiology and parasitology


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How to Cite

Karakas, S., Hadzihasanovic, A. M., Kukic, E., & Ibrisimbegovic, M. (2022). Epidemiological characteristics of the healthcare workers morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Bosnia Canton, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 9(12), 4376–4383. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20223195



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