Associate Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, Z H Sikder Woman’s Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Department of Anatomy, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical Collage and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Jahurul Islam Medical College, Kishoregonj, Bangladesh.
Objective: To assess awareness regarding particular aspects of personal hygiene among adult patients of Upazila Health Complx in Dhamrai, Bangladesh.
Methodology: Cross sectional study was carried out in Upazila health complex, Dhamrai from 16th to 30th June 2016. 110 urban and rural patients were enrolled in this study. Sampling technique was convenience sampling. Data was collected by using semi structured questionnaire. After collection the data were checked and verified and edited. Compilation and tabulation of data according to key variables by using computer and calculator for descriptive statistics means, medians, standard deviations and range for numerical data and frequencies calculated as required.
Results: This study was carried out on adult patient attending in Dhamrai Upazila Health Complex. About 33.7% were age group 35 to 45 years, 50.9% were male, 92.7% were Islam, 70.9% had sanitary latrine and 24.5% had open field defecation habit, 52.8% source of drinking water in tap water and 3.6% in river water. Majority 98.2% take bath daily, 60.9 % taking bath in with soap and water daily, 97.2% habit to brushing teeth. 65.5% cutting their nail at leisure time. 100% wash their hair. 90.1% wash their hand before meal and after defecation. 56.6% had no knowledge about diseases if personal hygiene was not properly maintained. 90% respondents going to defecation barefooted.
Conclusion: Urban and rural based hygiene education is vital in order to decrease the rates of transmissible diseases. People are more receptive to learning and are very likely to adopt healthy behaviors at a younger age. Enhanced, comprehensive knowledge about these issues should be used to improve low-cost but highly effective programs that will meaningfully attenuate the burden of transmissible disease among students in rural settings.