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Title: Hand Washing Practices of Retail Food Vendors in Adansi North District of Ashanti Region
Authors: Baisel, Nancy
Brempong, Emmanuel Appiah
Keywords: Retail,
Issue Date: 16-Nov-2020
Abstract: Hand washing is the act of cleaning hands for the purpose of removing soil, dirt, and microorganisms. Food vendor‘s hand washing practice is most important because they deal with a lot of people and washing their hands can be a least expensive measure to prevent the transmission of infections including nosocomial infections. The purpose of the study was to determine the hand washing practices among food vendors in Adansi North, Ghana. A descriptive cross sectional study was carried out among 396 retail food vendors and 2 officers from Environmental Health Officers. Data were collected using questionnaire, observational checklist and interview guide. The instrument solicit information on the socio demographic characteristics, knowledge on hand washing practices, factors influencing hand washing practices and licenses of hand washing. The results indicated that retail food vendors have knowledge on hand washing practices, 96.70% have heard something about hand washing and majority (55.32%) of these acquired knowledge about hand washing through the media. Likewise, the attitude towards hand washing was positive as majority 94.42% asserted hand washing is the responsibility of the individual food vendors. Almost all the participants (90.86%) have license to sell food and most were invited before they acquired license to sell food. There was a significant difference (p> 0.005) between variables such as vendor‘s level of education, marital status and the number of years a person has used to sell food. It is recommended that the process of license acquisition should be flexible to enable food vendors to follow the process smoothly. Education and awareness creation on hand hygiene, provision of hand washing materials especially container for running water example Veronica bucket should be intensifying and provided by the Environmental Health Unit, District Health Directorate, NGOs, and other stakeholders like the Association of Food Vendors, likewise, IE&C materials like posters, leaflets, bill boards which will remind vendors of hand washing should be made available.
Description: A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement of the Degree of Master of Public Health, in Health Education and Promotion, June, 2019.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13234
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