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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70-73

Scaling up the practice of sanitary refuse disposal in Aba, South Eastern Nigeria


1 Department of Nursing Sciences, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
2 Department of Public Health Medicine, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
3 Department of Community Medicine, Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Umuna Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria

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21A, Park Road, P.O. Box 3309 Aba, Abia State
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DOI: 10.4103/9783-1230.139166

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Background: Scaling up the practice of sanitary refuse disposal is currently a challenge facing Abia State Environmental Protection Agency in Aba. Objectives: The objective was to identify factors contributing to low level practice of sanitary refuse disposal in Aba and to determine the effects of health promotion intervention in addressing these factors. Design: A prospective, interventional study. Setting: Aba North and South Local Government Areas in Aba. Materials and Methods: Interventional study was carried out in two randomly selected communities in Aba March 2013 to September 2013. Sample size of 443 persons was systematically selected for the study. Instrument for data collection was questionnaire. Chi-square and McNemar statistic were used in testing for statistical significance. Results: Factors contributing to low level practice of sanitary refuse disposal in Aba were broadly categorized into four: Ignorance, inadequate sanitary refuse bins at homes and collection centers, poor attitude toward sanitation, delay in refuse evacuation. Conclusion: Health promotion intervention increased the practice of sanitary refuse disposal by 62% and is hereby recommended as a veritable tool for scaling up the practice of sanitary refuse disposal in urban areas.


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