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PERCEPTION OF HAND HYGIENE HABIT AND HEALTH IMPLICATIONS AMONGST THE STUDENTS OF A TERTIARY INSTITUTION IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA

  • A. A. R. Adebambo Department of Biological Sciences Tai Solarin University of Education, P.M.B 2118, Ijagun Ogun State, Nigeria
  • F. T. Ojo Department of Biological Sciences Tai Solarin University of Education, P.M.B 2118, Ijagun Ogun State, Nigeria
  • T. O. O. Uthman Department of Biological Sciences Tai Solarin University of Education, P.M.B 2118, Ijagun Ogun State, Nigeria
Keywords: Hand Hygiene, Perception, Health implications, Nigeria, Tertiary institution

Abstract

Hand hygiene habits and the knowledge of their health implications were investigated among students of a tertiary institution in Southwestern Nigeria. A descriptive survey guided by twenty research questions and four research hypotheses was carried out. A total of 400 undergraduates were randomly selected across the five colleges in the University. The highest respondents were of less than 20 years of age (74%), followed by 21-25 years (25%). Two hundred and four (51%) of the respondents claimed that water which is vital to hand hygiene habit is scarce, 124 (31%) wash hands before meal only, 96(24%) wash hands after toileting, however, 368 (92%) had knowledge that good handwashing habit prevents diseases and infestations. Massive campaigns and awareness are subjacent to improve the culture and habit of hand-washing. Hygiene education should be introduced in all academic curricula to guide in the prevention of the rapid spread of epidemics of which hand seems the first contact of disease infestation.

Published
2021-08-25
How to Cite
Adebambo, A. A. R., Ojo, F. T., & Uthman, T. O. O. (2021). PERCEPTION OF HAND HYGIENE HABIT AND HEALTH IMPLICATIONS AMONGST THE STUDENTS OF A TERTIARY INSTITUTION IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA. African Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 2(2), 45 - 54. https://doi.org/10.52417/ajhse.v2i2.140