OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS AND SAFETY MEASURES AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN A TERTIARY HEALTH INSTITUTION IN SOUTHERN NIGERIA

  • FRANCIS OSEMHOAHU ERAH Department of Community Medicine, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria.
  • EVERISTUS ANIAKU CHIJIOKE Public Health Operations Center, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Abuja, Nigeria.
  • NOEL UWAIBI Department of Community Medicine, Edo University, Iyamho, Edo State, Nigeria.
  • AKAMIEN J Department of Community Medicine, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria.
  • MARTIN OKHAWERE Department of Clinical Sciences, Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

Abstract

Objectives: The objectives of the study was to determine the occupational hazards HWCs face and the safety measure put in place to mitigate these hazards in a tertiary health institution in Edo State, Nigeria.


Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study design was used to carry out this study among HWCs in a tertiary health institution. Data were analyzed with IBM-SPSS version 23 and statistical significance was set at p<0.05.


Results: Out of the 163 respondents interviewed, 50.92% of them had poor knowledge of occupational hazard while 49.08% had good knowledge. All the doctors interviewed had good knowledge as compared to a larger proportion of other HWCs who had poor knowledge of occupational hazard and this association was statistically significant. Most of respondents (96.93%) had positive attitude toward occupational hazard with few of them having poor safety measures to avoid injury in the work place.


Conclusion: Majority of Health care workers with the exception of medical doctors have poor knowledge of occupational hazards with poor safety measures though they may have positive attitude.

Keywords: Occupational hazards, health care workers, safety measures

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ERAH, F. O., CHIJIOKE, E. A., UWAIBI, N., J, A., & OKHAWERE, M. (2020). OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS AND SAFETY MEASURES AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN A TERTIARY HEALTH INSTITUTION IN SOUTHERN NIGERIA. Innovare Journal of Medical Sciences, 8(5). https://doi.org/10.22159/ijms.2020.v8i5.36598
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