Knowledge on hand washing of retail food vendors in

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Knowledge on hand washing of retail food vendors in Adansi North Table 2 shows that almost all the participants (96.70%) have heard something about hand washing practice. Majority (55.32%) of the participants got the information through the media, whiles 25.63% got to know about hand washing through health workers and 13.96% learnt about it themselves. Most (89.85%) of the participants proved their in-depth knowledge about hand washing by responding that hand washing is appropriate under all the following circumstances; before eating, after visiting the washroom and any time the hands are dirty, though the remaining participants indicated hand washing is appropriate under just one of the conditions already mentioned. Almost all the participants strongly agreed and agreed (57.36% and 37.30% respectively) to the definition that hand washing is the act of cleaning hands for the purpose of removing soil, dirt, and microorganisms. Few (5.32%) of the respondents however, stated that they were not sure about the definition. Majority of the participants (69.80%) washed their hands from the wrist to the fingers, whiles 25.89% wash their hands elbow to fingers and just a very few (2.03%) wash from palm to fingers. Most of the participants (91.11%) asserted hand washing is important to prevent communicable diseases like cholera. Almost all the participants (98.22%) agreed lack or poor hand washing practices can results into sickness such as typhoid fever, cholera and others. Also, majority (83.50%) agreed that hand washing always makes their hands clean. Remarkably higher percentage (74.87%) of participants demonstrated their understanding of hand washing by disagreeing hand washing prevent non communicable diseases like hypertension. On the contrary, most (50.76%) disagreed it is an essential component when licensing as food vendor. A significant number of participants (98.48%) agreed everyone including mother, children and others needs hand washing practice.
When participants were asked to mention some items required for hand washing practice, majority of them mentioned; soap, water and towel. Yet, participant’s response to hand hygiene practice after hand washing indicated they have little knowledge on the things required after hand hygiene. Majority of the respondents could not offer any response to what follows hand washing. Just some few made mention of items such as alcohol and spirit. When respondents were asked the negative effects of poor hand washing practices, almost every participant agreed it results into sickness. Table 2: Knowledge on Hand Washing of Retail Food Vendors in Adansi North Variable Category Frequenc y percentag e Have you heard anything on hand washing practice before? Yes 381 96.70% No 13 3.29% Total 394 100% Where did you acquire information on hand washing practice?
Under what circumstance is hand washing appropriate?

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