Awareness regarding personal hygiene and sanitation practices among adult population in Dhamrai, Dhaka

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47648/zhswmcj.2020.v0102.04

Sultana Begum1 , Monowar Ahmad Tarafdar2 , Md Saizuddin3 , Nadia Begum4 , Shila Rani Das5 , Meheruba Afrin6

Abstract

The current descriptive type of cross sectional study was conducted during 16th May to 31st May 2018 to assess awareness regarding personal hygiene and sanitation practices in Dhamrai, Dhaka with a sample size of 120 using interviewer administered semi-structured questionnaire employing convenience sampling technique. More than one third (35.9%) of the respondents were in age group 25-35 years and about 65% were female, 32.5% were housewives and 35.8% were found illiterate. source of drinking water was from71.67% tube well and 78.3% used sanitary latrine. More than half of the respondents (61.67%) were taking daily bath with soap and water, 61.66% cut their nails at leisure time and 51.67% wash hair with shampoo and water; while 59.67% washed their hands before meal and 76.67% after defecation with soap and water. It is revealed that 43.3% were aware about the transmission of diarrheoa through dirty nail and 73.3% were aware not to defecate on barefoot. Health education and comprehensive knowledge of proper personal hygiene and sanitation is essential in daily life and should be used to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Keywords: Awareness, Personal hygiene, Sanitation, Transmissible Diseases.


  1. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  2. Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  3. Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  4. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine,

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  5. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine,

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  6. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine,

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka


Volume 1, Number 2, July 2019
Page: 15-18