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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 210-217

Domestic refuse management practice in Sokoto: the effect of health education


Department of Community Medicine,Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

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A O Abiola
Department of Community Medicine,Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
Nigeria
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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Domestic refuse remains a major environmental concern in large cities around the world. Its management also continues to be a major challenge. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of health education on the knowledge, attitude and practices of domestic refuse management (DRM) among community members in Sokoto metropolis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A quasi experimental study design was employed to investigate two sampled (intervention and control groups) population of 225 subjects in the study areas. RESULTS: The mean knowledge score (%) of the study subjects was high and similar (p=0.82), in both the intervention and control groups at baseline, but differed significantly (p<0.0001) at post-intervention. The mean attitude score (%) was high and similar (p=0.38), in both the intervention and control groups at baseline, but differed significantly (p=0.008) at post intervention. The mean observed practice score (%) was low and similar (p=0.42), in both the intervention and control groups at baseline, but differed significantly (p<0.0001) at post-intervention. CONCLUSION: This study has identified the underlying problem of our DRM system to be inherent in the practice component in the triangulation of knowledge, attitude and practice of DRM. The implications of the study findings for healthcare policy, planning and implementation cannot be over-emphasised.


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