Study on knowledge, attitude and practice of personal hygiene among selected rural people

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47648/zhswmcj.2020.v0201.03

Muiz Uddin Ahmed Choudhury1 , Monowar Ahmad Tarafdar2 , Md. Abdul Mojid Miah3 , Shila Rani Das4 , Tonim Amir Haque5 , Syed Shawkat Ahmed6

Abstract

Descriptive type of Cross sectional study conducted in Jaintapur Upazila from the period of October-December 2017 to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of personal hygiene among selected rural people with a sample size of 308 using a semi-structured questionnaire following purposive sampling technique. Out of 308 respondents about three fourth of respondents were Muslims, 55.8% were male. More than half were in the age group 15-35 years, 85.7% were married, 44.5% were Illiterates. 30.4% were house wife and only 6% had their monthly income ≥Tk. 30,000. Almost 286(92.8%) respondents had knowledge on importance of hand washing, majority 244(79.2%) had knowledge about transmission of Communicable disease by Hand contamination. Regarding factors causes discouraging from hand washing about 123(39.9%) respondents forget to wash, 74(24%) feel Shortage of time and 70(22.8%) not known. Only 13% of respondents wore ring during cooking and food handling. Almost 290(94.2%) washed hand before eating, 298(96.8%) washed their hand after coming back from the toilet and 301(97.7%) respondents had habit of Cutting Nail. Majority of them 234 (78.5%) used soap for hand washing after coming back from latrine, only 1(0.3%) used liquid hand wash and others respectively. About (84.1%) discussed about hand washing with their children and family members and 238(77.3%) respondent’s children’s habit of hand washing of children before taking food & after toilet. More than half of respondents got information from Radio and Television, 79(25.6%) from health educator, 17(5.5%) from others. Awareness of general people about hand washing and its practices should be increased within earliest possible time through behavior Change Communication (BCC) programme of GO/NGO partnership should be planned with more emphasis on hand washing.

Keywords: Knowledge, Practice, Attitude, Rural people


  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  2. Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  3. Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  4. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  5. MPH Student

    National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dhaka

  6. Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology

    Jahurul Islam Medical College, Bajitpur


Volume 2, Number 1, January 2020
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