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|Title: ||Hand Washing practices of retail Food Vendors in Adansi North District of Ashanti Region|
|Authors: ||Baisel, Nancy|
Appiah Brempong, Emmanuel
|Keywords: ||Hand Washing practices|
Retail Food Vendors
Adansi North District
|Issue Date: ||20-Oct-2020|
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 and hand washing|
|Description: ||A thesis submitted to the department of Health Promotion and Disability Studies, College of Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Public Health, 2019.|
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